Legislation does not include any cuts to federal employee benefits
Last night, close to 500 amendments were offered before the Senate to its proposed budget resolution. Senator Rand Paul's proposals to cut federal employee benefits were defeated, the most severe of which lost by a vote of 94-4.
Representatives from both the House and the Senate must now meet to negotiate a unified version which would then go back for a vote before each body. Thankfully, it is clear that the Senate wants no part in cutting our pay and benefits.
As always, the National Border Patrol Council is closely monitoring all developments in Congress and continues to aggressively advocate for Border Patrol employees on Capitol Hill. We will provide additional updates as the situation in Washington, DC progresses.
Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, (H.Con.Res.71), by a vote of 219-206. Contained within the House Budget Resolution are policy proposals and spending cuts that, if left unchanged, could negatively impact retirement benefits and contribution amounts for current and/or future Border Patrol Agents.
Please see the memo below from Acting Commissioner McAleenan. It details some of the measures being considered in the process to recruit, hire, and train an additional 5000 Border Patrol agents beyong the Congressionally mandated staffing level of 21,370 agents.