For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Recent news reports note, accurately, that during this busy election year many in the Secret Service are working overtime beyond the capped levels of their salaries.
We must and we will fix this. The men and women of the Secret Service, and the public, should know that both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have taken action to address this issue in their FY 2017 Appropriation bills for the Department of Homeland Security by including provisions to raise Secret Service salary caps during presidential years, including 2016. We appreciate this action. My hope and expectation is that this will pass, and this is another reason why this Department, and its men and women, need from Congress a full-year appropriation rather than a funding by short term continuing resolutions.
Throughout this busy election year the Secret Service has been working non-stop to protect the presidential and vice presidential candidates and their families, coordinated security for the two conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia and the UN General Assembly, while continuing in their normal protection and law enforcement assignments. They have done so with skill, dedication and professionalism, and without complaint. They deserve our full support.