Like Countable?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 3731

Should the Secret Service Get Overtime Pay in 2017 and 2018?

Argument in favor

The agents of the Secret Service deserve to be paid for the hours that they work putting their lives on the line every day. They make tremendous sacrifices for the country and more should be done to improve the recruitment and retention of agents.

Tman7499's Opinion
···
12/04/2017
I do not think the issue is whether or not the secret service should be paid for their job, but what is causing the need for these over time hours, where they were not needed in the past.
Like (122)
Follow
Share
···
12/04/2017
Yes they should be paid, but it sounds like they need more people. It isn’t good to run them into the ground. A tired secret service person isn’t going to be able to do their job correctly.
Like (46)
Follow
Share
Azrael's Opinion
···
12/04/2017
Only when they are working on public properties The trump’s should pay them when they work on trump properties Our public facilities have been good enough for better, classier and much richer individuals
Like (15)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Secret Service agents know what they signed up for, and there shouldn’t be payments of overtime for work they’ve already performed. If many agents are hitting their salary and overtime cap then more agents need to hired to share the burden.

RadicalModerate's Opinion
···
12/04/2017
No. Please give the secret service the next three years off.
Like (293)
Follow
Share
Drea's Opinion
···
12/04/2017
If they have to work over time take it out of trumps bank account.
Like (167)
Follow
Share
Samuel's Opinion
···
12/04/2017
Hire more secret service agents; we don't have the money to pay time - and -a- half for Trump's vacations or for his family to live outside the Whitehouse.
Like (159)
Follow
Share

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 3rd, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 19th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed December 5th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 406 Yea / 4 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedSeptember 11th, 2017

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!

What is House Bill H.R. 3731?

This bill would remove certain limits on overtime pay earned by Secret Service employees who either provided protective services in calendar year 2017 or will provide them in 2018. The agency reports that one-third of Secret Service agents (over 1,000) have already maxed out their annual overtime and salary cap.

The bill would also require the Secret Service to conduct updated threat assessments on all individuals protected by the Secret Service (except for current or former presidents and vice presidents) with a summary of the costs for their protection and submit it to congressional committees. When the Secret Service extends the protection of an individual it would also have to perform an updated threat assessment and notify Congress.

The Secret Service would also report on the agency’s attrition rate and provide a strategy for overhauling the agency’s recruitment and hiring process to improve retention. Within 10 days of this enactment the Secret Service would provide Congress with a list of all polygraph test questions it asked in calendar year 2016.

Impact

Secret Service agents, their families, and those they protect; the Secret Service; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3731

$10.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would increase spending by about $7 million in fiscal year 2018 and $3 million in fiscal year 2019.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced this bill to ensure that Secret Service agents are paid overtime for their work in 2017 and 2018:

“The men and women of the Secret Service deserve to be paid for the hours they work, period. They put their lives on the line every day and make tremendous personal sacrifices for our country. We cannot expect the Secret Service to recruit and retain the best of the best if they are not being compensated for the additional work that is demanded of them.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) added:

“Congress cannot sit on the sidelines and watch as the men and women of the Secret Service work around the clock without getting paid the overtime they have earned.”

This legislation passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 15 bipartisan cosponsors, including 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: 400tmax / iStock)

AKA

Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2018

Official Title

To provide overtime pay for employees of the United States Secret Service, and for other purposes.

    I do not think the issue is whether or not the secret service should be paid for their job, but what is causing the need for these over time hours, where they were not needed in the past.
    Like (122)
    Follow
    Share
    No. Please give the secret service the next three years off.
    Like (293)
    Follow
    Share
    If they have to work over time take it out of trumps bank account.
    Like (167)
    Follow
    Share
    Hire more secret service agents; we don't have the money to pay time - and -a- half for Trump's vacations or for his family to live outside the Whitehouse.
    Like (159)
    Follow
    Share
    While everyone should be paid for the hours they work, including overtime, the only reason this is a question is because the Secret Service has been overextended by an ethically challenged family. Either hire more agents and use the overtime money that had been earmarked in order to pay new people or require Trump pay for services on his properties which he travels to far too excessively. Problem solved.
    Like (94)
    Follow
    Share
    It’s not that I begrudge the Secret Service being paid for overtime, it’s that our POTUS and VP have both abused the system by going to a ballgame for 30 mins to score political points and golfing and vacationing all the damn time.
    Like (63)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes they should be paid, but it sounds like they need more people. It isn’t good to run them into the ground. A tired secret service person isn’t going to be able to do their job correctly.
    Like (46)
    Follow
    Share
    Paying to protect Trump so he can golf every weekend and promote his business is inconsistent with the purpose of providing federal protection. If he and his family want more protection they can pay for it, especially if they are going to sign their own tax break.
    Like (34)
    Follow
    Share
    Definitely no overtime pay, at least not from taxpayers. There should be an annual budget and once you've gone over your budget like EVERYWHERE ELSE BESIDES THE GOVERNMENT apparently then you stop spending money or you find another way to pay for it.
    Like (22)
    Follow
    Share
    Trump and his minions should have a to live with a secret service budget and not fly here there and everywhere and golf every weekend.
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    Only when they are working on public properties The trump’s should pay them when they work on trump properties Our public facilities have been good enough for better, classier and much richer individuals
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    All employees should have access to overtime. It is not about hiring more it is about giving proper quality and benefits to those who have worked for it.
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    They are not getting paid because President Trump is abusing the system. He should stop doing public business in secret at golf courses and stay home sometimes. That would cut out the need for overtime.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    The fact that this administration puts a heavier strain on the service should be countered with additional agents, not running the current force into the ground. If this country does not have the money to pay for CHIP, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security , we certainly don't have the money to pay time and a half, or double time, to the Secret Service, especially retroactively for the last year. Although that would be a nice Christmas present for those men and women who risk their lives daily in service to our country, I believe this Congress has handed out enough presents for one year.
    Like (10)
    Follow
    Share
    Increase the budget but with requirements for hiring and training more agents. Why pay overtime to overworked agents rather than staff so that the on-duty agents are not fatigued? Overtime to agents who are zoned out due to too many hours makes no sense!
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    Trump should be required to pay it. He is abusing our taxes for his entertainment
    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
    To many trips and too many people being covered.
    Like (6)
    Follow
    Share
    For Trump to go golfing?! HELL NO! I think he can manage that bill on his own.
    Like (6)
    Follow
    Share
    While everyone should be paid for the hours they work, including overtime, the only reason this is a question is because the Secret Service has been overextended by an ethically challenged family. Either hire more agents and use the overtime money that had been earmarked in order to pay new people or require Trump pay for services on his properties which he travels to far too excessively. Problem solved.
    Like (6)
    Follow
    Share
    I think the Secret Service does a great job and should be commended for that job. However I think that the Trump White House and the Trump family should be put on a budget so that they don't generate overtime in the Secret Service. I think perhaps Congress should oversee how much the White House in the presidency spends. I also don't think that awards for sexual harassment sexual abuse perpetrated by government officials should be paid with tax dollars that money should come out of those persons own pockets. I also think that it should be easier and more direct for a person in the book government to file complaints or Court actions against people who have sexually harassed them
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE