Pay Reform Bill in Front of Congress

Senator John  Tester, a friend of Local 2913, has introduced our pay reform in the Senate.  This will be a true test to see if politicians will put border security in front of amnesty.  Thank you Senator Tester for putting National Security and the Border Patrol agents first!

Tester introduces bill to strengthen America’s borders
Senator’s bill improves pay system for border agents, eliminates security gaps, saves taxpayer dollars
(GREAT FALLS, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester is introducing a bill to strengthen America’s borders by making sure the nation’s top border security agency has the manpower it needs to keep Americans safe.
Tester’s measure makes the U.S. Border Patrol’s pay system more predictable and ensures that the agency has enough agents to combat drug smuggling and illegal immigration.  Under the current system, which is older than many of the agency’s agents, border agents often work unpredictable overtime schedules that result in border security gaps during shift changes.
Improving the pay system and the use of overtime will increase Border Patrol manpower by 20 percent and prevent gaps in border coverage. “Border Patrol agents put in long hours in remote parts of our country to protect Americans and stop folks from entering the country illegally.” said Tester, chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce.  “This bill ensures that they receive fair pay so they can better protect us and provide for their families.” The National Border Patrol Council, which represents Border Patrol agents, and the American Federation of Government Employees strongly support Tester’s bill. “Keeping our nation’s border secure means agents have to be on alert from the minute they clock in,” said National Border Patrol Council Vice President and Conrad, Montana native Jonathan Perkins.  “But wondering how much money will be in our paycheck makes it harder for us to do the jobs we signed up to do.  Senator Tester has been a leader in getting Border Patrol the support we need, and his bill improves our ability to strengthen all of America’s borders.” Tester’s bill is expected to save taxpayers at least $60 million annually.


  1. Mike Cox

    I will be pounding the phones everyday until this becomes law! Call your congressman when you have a chance and let them know how important this is to National Security and the Border Patrol!

    • Mike Cox

      We asked for a retention incentive for the step tens in our original proposal, along with a four step increase, both were shot down, leaving the two step increase as a result. There is no other way to get you an increase, sorry.

  2. Brandon

    Of course. At least there was an initial attempt. I understand the sacrifice of the few for the benefit of the many even if I disagree with whether this entire compromise benefits any. We will eat the $7,000 plus loss in our income. As my representative, I would greatly appreciate you correcting anyone in the public/congressional eye who continues to state that EVERY ‘rank and file’ Patrol Agent will receive a step increase pay-offset. That is the part that pisses me off. Thanks for listening.

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