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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.

Ticktock's Opinion
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12/04/2017
The time they have to work is driven by their job not by choice. They should be paid for the hours spent not what Trump or Congress wants to dole out. Want to reduce their pay? Reduce their area of responsibility, Trump’s and Trump’s families travel. Or just let them all go without security and see how well that goes over.
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Tman7499's Opinion
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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.
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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.
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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
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12/04/2017
No. Please give the secret service the next three years off.
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Drea's Opinion
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12/04/2017
If they have to work over time take it out of trumps bank account.
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Samuel's Opinion
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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.
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    The time they have to work is driven by their job not by choice. They should be paid for the hours spent not what Trump or Congress wants to dole out. Want to reduce their pay? Reduce their area of responsibility, Trump’s and Trump’s families travel. Or just let them all go without security and see how well that goes over.
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    No. Please give the secret service the next three years off.
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    If they have to work over time take it out of trumps bank account.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    Trump should be required to pay it. He is abusing our taxes for his entertainment
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    To many trips and too many people being covered.
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    For Trump to go golfing?! HELL NO! I think he can manage that bill on his own.
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    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.
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