Senator questions 2019 budget proposal that includes pay freeze, border wall funding
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 26, 2018
A ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has raised a number of concerns with a budget proposal by the Office of Management and Budget for fiscal year 2019 that includes a pay freeze for all federal employees.
In a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked for explanations of several budget items in the proposed budget for the Department of Homeland Security.
For example, McCaskill questioned why the OMB wants 1,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents than it previously requested; why it instructed DHS to cut its request for Customs and Border Protection field operations by $88 million; why it rejected about $175 million in DHS funding requests for border security technology and equipment, but added a request for $1.6 billion for border wall construction; and why it proposed a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees, including law enforcement officers.
“The OMB guidance deviated from the department’s own [fiscal year] 2019 budgetary priorities…” McCaskill wrote. She repeatedly asked OMB for the data, metrics and cost-benefit analyses used to reach its decisions.
OMB’s budget also rejected DHS’s request for a fiscal year 2019 pay raise for border patrol agents, ICE agents and CBP officers, as well as other civilian DHS employees, McCaskill noted.
She wants Mulvaney to address her concerns by Feb. 18.
Read the full letter here.