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.
To avoid any confusion or misinformation on the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act, we are providing the following document.
Below is the Senate Bill that was proposed at markup. This is not the final version that passed the committee but it is the Amendment in the form of a substitute that was submitted. The final language that passed committee along with this has not been written and is not available in text. The other change is a 2nd degree amendment submitted by Senator Tester that superseded the amendment submitted by Dr. Coburn. The 2nd degree amendment affects HQ, the academy, and admin positions but does not affect field agents. When the text becomes available, we'll post it.
As reported by Congressional Quarterly and GovTracker.com, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act was scheduled for mark-up on May 21, 2014; however, we found out that it was unexpectedly cancelled. It appears that the mark-up was cancelled due to the objections of a Senator on the committee that was scheduled to mark-up the bill. As you can see, in order to get a bill passed into law, it takes a huge effort involving a coalition of members of Congress to come together and agree; yet to kill a Bill, it can take just one member of Congress to ensure that the proposed legislation never sees the light of day. This has been a long and arduous process, but the NBPC is committed to doing everything it can to stabilize our pay and ensure that our efforts are not abandoned.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is scheduled to meet on May 21, 2014 to markup (debate, amend, and rewrite) the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act. See below post from GovTrack.us:
Business meeting to consider an original bill entitled, "DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act of 2014", S.2113, to provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, H.R.1233, to amend chapter 22 of title 44, United States Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records, S.1045, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment, S.1744, to strengthen the accountability of individuals involved in misconduct affecting the integrity of background investigations, to update guidelines for security clearances, S.1691, to amend title 5, United States Code, to improve the security of the United States border and to provide for reforms and rates of pay for border patrol agents, S.675, to prohibit contracting with the enemy, S.1820, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the costs of official portraits of Members of Congress, heads of executive agencies, and heads of agencies and offices of the legislative branch, H.R.1036, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 Center Street West in Eatonville, Washington, as the "National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office", H.R.1228, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 South 9th Street in De Pere, Wisconsin, as the "Corporal Justin D. Ross Post Office Building", H.R.1451, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Main Street in Brockport, New York, as the "Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building", H.R.2391, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5323 Highway N in Cottleville, Missouri as the "Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge Post Office", H.R.3060, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 232 Southwest Johnson Avenue in Burleson, Texas, as the "Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building", and the nominations of Sherry Moore Trafford, and Steven M. Wellner, both to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Julia Akins Clark, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Tony Hammond, of Missouri, and Nanci E. Langley, of Hawaii, both to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.