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CONGRESS: Reichert works to secure our borders

Over the last few years, the U.S. Border Patrol was subject to federally mandated budget cuts, sequestration, and a ruling by the Office of Inspector General stating that the current agency overtime pay system was being used illegally. As a result, manpower on the border decreased and agents were leaving the Border Patrol for other employment.

Congressman Dave Reichert co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to stop Border Patrol attrition and shield Border Patrol manpower from future budget cuts. On Dec. 18, President Obama signed this bill into law.

On behalf of the National Border Patrol Council, I would like to express

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GOP: Republican-led House hazardous to our health

Re: “GOP bill would let Border Patrol ignore environmental laws” (TNT, 10-24) and “Proposed biomass regulations a threat to jobs, critics say” (TNT, 10-29).

These two stories connect the dysfunction of House Republicans’ attacks upon EPA rules and regulations with the potential impacts locally: degradation of public lands in Washington state and air-quality problems in Tacoma.

Regarding the biomass regulation, on a face mask I will write the word “pass” followed by the bill number and wear the mask around town. Not only good politics, but good for my health.