Last week both houses of Congress passed proposed budgets for FY 2016 and the contents of these proposals do not bode well for federal employees.
Both proposals would require you and all federal employees to contribute an additional $127 billion of your salary from 2016 through 2025. There are also $32 billion in cuts from the Thrift Savings Plan G-Fund, which would reduce the rate paid to retirees for investments in the G-fund.
The National Border Patrol Council is currently working with AFGE and other affected components to counter the devastating effects of these proposals. It is estimated that there will be further movement on this issue during the second to third week of April. This process is by no means over and the National Border Patrol Council plans to use every tool at its disposal to deal with these budget proposals.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed S. 1691 - Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. The passage of this important legislation is a critical step in increasing border security and protecting our nation from dangerous individuals, cartels and terrorists attempting to cross our borders.
Brandon Judd, NBPC National President, praised the House for passing this important legislation. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol would like to thank Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) for their tireless efforts. We are honored to have worked with these longtime friends and advocates of Border Patrol Agents, our nation’s first line of defense.”
Attached is the current version of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (S. 1691), which was passed by the Senate on September 18, 2014.
We have also attached a document which provides an English language breakdown of the bill, the hearings, and amendments.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Senators Tester and McCain for reaching across the aisle and sponsoring the bipartisan Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act. The BPAPRA was combined with the Cybersecurity Authorization today and it passed the Senate. It has now been sent to the House for consideration. We still have a lot of work to do. This is not a done deal yet.
We are grateful for the elected representatives and their staffs who put so much work into getting this through the Senate. Along with Senators Tester and McCain, we would also like to recognize and thank Senators Cornyn, Heitkamp, Ayotte and Flake for co-sponsorsing this important legislation.