- Published: Saturday, 12 January 2019 02:14
While we all suffer the delay of our first paycheck under the government shutdown, we believe that it is imperative to dispel any rumors being promulgated by those with extreme left-leaning views on social media and those who are hoping to place the blame on anyone other than with whom it belongs.
The Union did not cause the shutdown and our support of the wall is not the reason the shutdown continues.
President Trump made it abundantly clear prior to the shutdown that he would not allow an appropriations bill to move forward without funding for the wall. Those in Congress who believed he was bluffing moved forward without funding the wall, so consequently, a shutdown commenced on December 22, 2018.
The NBPC’s number one legislative priority has been, and will continue to be, agent compensation and retention – both of which, hand-in-hand, will contribute greatly to border security. We have met with members of Congress and the leadership of our country at the highest levels of government to convey this message.
It was during our January 3, 2019, meeting with President Trump that we discussed our priorities and their impact on border security.
To make it simple, we cannot get what we need with another continuing resolution. Without the support and understanding of the White House and Congress, an appropriations bill will not contain the funding necessary to ensure we hire the agents we need and retain the ones we have, and at the same time make sure that they are getting compensated fairly for performing the work needed to ensure border security.
The NBPC cannot address every comment on social media, so we ask that you discuss any concerns you may have with your Local’s Executive Board Officers and/or the National Executive Committee.
- NBPC National Executive Committee