Hurd Introduces Legislation to Stabilize Border Patrol Agent Pay
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd from the 23rd Congressional District of Texas today introduced bipartisan legislation that would solve a problem regarding a reliable pay system for Border Patrol Agents. Without timely action, agents face pay cuts of $300 to $1000 a pay period due to the Department of Homeland Security’s procrastination in fully implementing a new pay scale and overtime system for border agents established in 2014. Hurd’s legislation will give DHS a hard start date, saving agents from working the same hours for far less pay.
“The men and women who serve as Border Patrol Agents are hard working and dedicated law enforcement officials,” said Hurd, whose district includes over 800 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico. “They often work in harsh conditions, sometimes putting their own lives at risk, in order to protect our nation and their communities. They and their families deserve our support and the security of a steady, dependable monthly income. It’s outrageous that the lack of action by a bunch of Washington bureaucrats is putting at risk the paychecks of these courageous agents.”
Hurd represents portions of four Border Patrol Sectors, including Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso and Laredo, manned by more than 6,400 Border Patrol Agents.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd commented, “We want to thank Representative Will Hurd for his leadership on this important issue. This legislation will provide our Agent’s and their families’ financial stability by fully implementing the BPAPRA of 2014. Every day our Agents put their lives on the line to protect our communities from drug cartels, human smugglers, and other individuals intending to do harm. We appreciate the support of Rep. Hurd and thank him and his staff for their hard work and commitment to the men and women of the Border Patrol.”
Hurd’s legislation is slated to be voted on by the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform this week and similar legislation is already moving in the Senate.