Also in the Omnibus: Extra Overtime for the Secret Service
Agents have been stretched thin as Trump travels
The Secret Service is slated to receive about $2 billion in the fiscal 2018 omnibus bill, including $9.9 million to pay agents for overtime.
The agency’s funding is down $53 million from fiscal 2017 levels, according to a Republican summary of the bill that passed the House Thursday.
The bill also provides $14.3 million for a new White House fence.
Overtime pay for the agents who protect President Donald Trump and his family has been an issue since USA Today reported last year that the Secret Service would blow through the amount budgeted.
Trump regularly travels to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and New York City. The Secret Service also incurred costs and overtime last year when his adult sons traveled overseas for business and vacations. Donald Trump Jr., who runs the Trump Organization with his brother Eric and another executive, elected in September to give up his Secret Service detail.
The omnibus requires the Secret Service to submit a report to Congress detailing the travel costs for all people protected by its agents.
Earlier this week, the House cleared a bill by New York Republican Rep. John Katko waiving the salary cap that prohibits Secret Service agents from getting paid for overtime after they reach a certain level in government pay.
Katko’s bill would also require the Secret Service to submit a report on how it would overhaul the agency’s hiring process, focused on recruitment and retention, and study its attrition rate and why agents leave.
The overtime bill is now headed to Trump’s desk.
The Secret Service is part of the Homeland Security Department.
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