AFGE Denounces Singling Out of Border Patrol for Largest Sequestration Hit

From: http://www.afge.org/?PressReleaseID=1459

AFGE Denounces Singling Out of Border Patrol for Largest Sequestration Hit
Union says DHS decision will have dire consequences for border security

WASHINGTON—J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, today issued the following statement on sequestration’s impact on border security:

“On Friday, March 1, hours after he signed the sequester order, President Obama tried to describe to the press the impact of sequester on federal employees, active duty military and their families. He referred to ‘Border Patrol agents in the hot sun getting a 10 percent pay cut…’

Is OBP lying about the budget?

On February 20, 2013, The Office of Border Patrol (OBP) presented their plan for sequestration, along with other possible budgetary decisions to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Budgetary information, including plans under another Continuing Resolution, was also discussed.  Of most interest to NBPC was the apparent glaring contradiction presented to the council members involving the proportion of the budget spent on Salaries and “Expenses. “  Previously, OBP had proclaimed that most of our budgetary problems were the result of 90% of the budget being devoted to payroll.  Based upon the information recently presented by OBP to NBPC, this could not be further from the truth.
 

National Border Patrol Council 2013 Elections

National Border Patrol Council elections were conducted March 3, 2013. The following individuals were elected as members of our new National Executive Board. Local 2366 would like to offer their congratulations to...

President: Brandon Judd, Tucson Sector
Executive Vice President: Chris Bauder, San Diego Sector
Treasurer: Bud Tuffly, Tucson Sector
Secretary: Jim Stack, El Paso Sector
Vice President, North: Jonathan Perkins, Havre Sector
Vice President, South: Paul Perez, Rio Grande Valley Sector
Vice President, East: Eric Sparkman, Detroit Sector
Vice President, West: Derek Hernandez, Yuma Sector
Vice President At Large: Shawn Moran, San Diego Sector
Vice President At Large: Arturo Del Cueto, Tucson Sector

Contact your representatives in Congress

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Rep. Pete Gallego: "Sequestration is one of the biggest threats to border security"

Congressman Pete Gallego, House Representative for the 23rd District of Texas, the area covered by NBPC Local 2366, has recently come out and supported averting Sequestration.  Congressman Gallego stated that the impact of the indiscriminate cuts would be “one of the biggest threats to border security.”

Read the article here.

For some unknown reason, The Houston Chronicle took the article down, so we'll be putting up a screenshot of the Google Cache copy soon.

And now the article is back up.

Meeting with Congressman Gallego

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Sequestration Update

Local 2366 just finished a conference call with NBPC leadership and executive board members from the Border Patrol Locals representing the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Big Bend Sectors, as of 11:00 pm central time. NBPC has been in dialog with Border Patrol Chief Fisher, OBP staff, and members of Congress and have shared the following news.

-Sequestration seems inevitable at this point as Congress is on recess and, as of yet, no plans have been made to return from the recess to address the pending sequestration.

-Despite the Congressional recess, NBPC leadership has met with the DHS Appropriations Committee Chairman and discussed their concerns over the proposed sequestration cuts.

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