House approves overtime for Secret Service agents on campaign trail
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The House easily approved legislation on Wednesday to provide overtime pay for Secret Service agents who protected candidates during this year’s presidential campaign.

The measure, passed by voice vote, addresses the pay gap for at least 1,000 Secret Service agents who effectively worked overtime hours for free this year after maxing out their pay.

Secret Service agents’s annual pay, including overtime, is limited to $160,300. Some agents had hit their compensation limits well before the two major-party nominating conventions in July and the election Nov. 8.

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“This is not a bonus. This is not extra pay. This is simply trying to compensate them for hours that they worked,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah), who authored the bill.

The Secret Service’s elite protective division managed security this year for President Obama, Vice President Biden, the presidential and vice presidential candidates, four former presidents and their families.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), another member of the Oversight panel, acknowledged overtime hours were unavoidable in any presidential election year. But he called for finding a way to anticipate the extra pay ahead of time during future campaigns to avoid a similar situation as this year.

“There’s got to be a way that we can estimate roughly what the overtime needs will be every four years and incorporate something that at least eliminates the need to have Secret Service agents working for free in a very dangerous job,” Lynch said.