Hurd Bill to Stabilize Border Patrol Agent Pay Passes House

May 15, 2015
Press Release
‘Proud to champion legislation for these courageous men and women’

* Rep. Hurd will be joined by border patrol agent representatives on a press conference call this afternoon. Please see information below.

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd from the 23rd Congressional District of Texas announced today that his bipartisan legislation which will stabilize paychecks for Border Patrol Agents passed the House unanimously yesterday afternoon.  This puts the legislation one step closer to becoming law.

“Like all law enforcement officials, Border Patrol Agents deserve our deep appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make every day to keep our communities and our nation safe,” said Hurd, whose district includes more than 820 miles of international border with Mexico. “They are dedicated public servants who are willing to confront human traffickers, drug cartels and many others who seek to do us harm.  As the representative of a district that contains portions of four different sectors that are patrolled by more than 6,000 agents, I am proud to champion legislation that will offer these courageous men and women the stability in their paychecks that they deserve.”

“We would like to give our sincere gratitude to Congressman Hurd for helping sort through the pay issues that continue to plague the Border Patrol. What should have been a simple process turned into a debacle and the Congressman's assistance not only addressed the problem, it helped remove some of the financial uncertainty that many agents were experiencing,” said Jon Anfinsen, President NBPC Local 2366 in Del Rio, Texas.

“Every day our men and women put their lives on the line to protect our communities.  We appreciate the hard work of Congressman Hurd to protect them,” commented Stuart Harris, Vice President NBPC Local 1929 in El Paso, Texas.  

Hector Garza, President NBPC Local 2455 of Laredo, Texas, stated,  “Our dedicated and hardworking United States Border Patrol Agents appreciate Rep. Hurd’s support and thank him for working tirelessly to support the men and women who keep our country safe from those individuals that intend to cause us harm. His leadership on this important issue will not go unnoticed by the Border Patrol Agents whose pay was threatened by the lack of action of Washington bureaucrats.”

“Our agents not only protect our communities they support our local economy and small businesses. When our pay was under attack, Congressman Hurd acted quickly to protect not just us but the many businesses that rely on us,”  added Lee Smith, President Local 2509 of Big Bend, Texas.

Quick action on this legislation in the Senate is expected, which will send it to the President for his signature.

Hurd, Anfinsen, Harris, Garza and Smith will be joined by Shawn Moran, national Spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council for a press conference call available to both local and national media to discuss the importance of this legislation for Border Patrol Agents.

*Date/Time: Friday, May 15 3pmCT/4pmET

Call in number: 1-800-791-2345

Media will need to contact Shana Teehan to receive the login code at shana.teehan@mail.house.gov or 202-225-4511.

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