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Congressman Andy Biggs Introduces the Pay Our Protectors Act

January 9, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Biggs introduced the Pay Our Protectors Act to provide pay for federal employees tasked with securing our border and deterring illegal immigration during this government shutdown. This funding will cover salaries and expenses of any excepted officer or employee of the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation and Security Administration, and the E-Verify program. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:

"Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi make a daily decision to continue this government shutdown because they refuse to secure our border and fund the border wall. As a result of their obstruction, thousands of people defending our nation are at risk of missing at least one paycheck. This is wrong. These courageous individuals should be at the top of our payment schedule, not pawns for the Democrats to exploit for their political agenda. I call on my colleagues to provide the resources they need to address the crisis at the southern border."


Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona's Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.