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House Proceeding 12-15-09 on Dec 15th, 2009 :: 0:46:45 to 0:49:50
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Henry Cuellar

0:46:41 to 0:47:01( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on the bill that's under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cuellar: mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that an exchange of letters between the committee of homeland security and oversight and government reform be included into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cuellar: mr. speaker, rise in support of this bill and i yield myself such time as i may

Henry Cuellar

0:46:45 to 0:49:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

0:47:02 to 0:47:22( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cuellar: h.r. 1517 would help fix a previous hiring error for select number of employees positions for customs and border frokes. through no fault of their own, there is about 35 employees, preclearance locations across

Henry Cuellar

0:47:23 to 0:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: the globe that were hired under a limited term appointment by the immigration and naturalization service. some of those workers have been employed, mr. speaker, since 1987 with the majority hired in the mid 1990's. mr. speaker, they have been for most of the part treated the same way other officers and personnel regardless of their initial appointment status.

Henry Cuellar

0:47:44 to 0:48:08( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: however these hardworking employees, unknown to them, were in personnel limbo for the past 15 yea years, and were not covered by the protections and immunities afforded to permanent c.b.p. employees engaged in s work. this personnel situation was initially brought to the attention in 2005.

Henry Cuellar

0:48:09 to 0:48:29( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: since then the c.p.b., o p.m., and department of state have been trying to fix this glitch but they realize that they need the help of congress. this is why h.r. the c.b.p. commissioner the authority to noncompetively convert these 35 employees to full-time permanent civil service positions. doing so would not only ensure

Henry Cuellar

0:48:30 to 0:48:50( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: those employees continue to r benefits, but also will provide them with the protections they deserve as dedicated employees during the c.b.p. mission abroad. this ability to n convert these employees will also ensure that states honor the agreement between our countries and others such as ireland.

Henry Cuellar

0:48:51 to 0:49:11( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: going forward it is our hope that the commissioner will take the past histories of this dedicated 35 individuals into account when determining their as i mentioned, throu no ult of their own thes employees now find themselves in this very difficult tuation. other employees assigned to work overseas rotate back to

Henry Cuellar

0:49:12 to 0:49:35( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: the u.s. after a period of time. the majority of these employees affected by the bills, however, have been at their post for many years and have put their roots in this locations. in light of these employees' unique circumstances, the bill provides guidance to the commissioner stating that the implementation of the bill shall, number one, meet the operational needs of c.b.p.,

Henry Cuellar

0:49:36 to 0:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Henry Cuellar: and number two, to the greatest extent prack particular at -- practical not be disrupted to this number of employees. i intend to right the system, c.b.p. should not unduel disrupt the lives of these provide add very valuable

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