McCain leads effort to reform Border Patrol agent pay - KCTV5

McCain leads effort to reform Border Patrol agent pay

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Sen. John McCain (Source: CBS 5 News) Sen. John McCain (Source: CBS 5 News)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) took the first steps Wednesday to reform the pay system from Border Patrol agents by introducing bipartisan legislation.

The measure would allow agents to choose between three pay schedule options and work either 100 hours (20 hours of overtime), 90 hours (10 hours of overtime), or 80 hours (no overtime) per pay period.

(Click here to read the entire bill (PDF)]

The National Border Patrol Council supports the legislation.

The Border Patrol employs more than 21,000 Border Patrol agents. Their current pay system was established more than 40 years ago.

Tester and McCain's legislation comes on the heels of a recent government report that shows that Homeland Security employees for years have abused a fund meant to compensate workers who must sometimes stay on duty beyond normal business hours, such as law enforcement officers who must respond to criminal activity.

The senators said it's estimated that the practice is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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