Expressing its helplessness, the Secret Service on Monday said that it will run out of funds to cover the cost of protecting President Trump and his family after the month of September, Washington Post reports. Secret Service said that it has enough money to cover the cost of protecting President Trump and his family through the end of September only, unless Congress intervenes. The report added that about a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid if lawmakers don’t lift the cap. “The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during the calendar year 2017,” Director Randolph “Tex” Alles was quoted as saying by Washington Post. “To remedy this ongoing and serious problem, the agency has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the Administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution,” he added.
Interestingly, the funds approved for the job were supposed to last through December. However, the reason that family members of Trump’s traveled extensively for business and vacations, has strained the Secret Service, local governments and at least one other federal agency, the Coast Guard. Moreover, Presidential travel for Trump and the first lady, who often visit their oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., and golf club in Bedminster, N.J., — has added costs for taxpayers and complications for the government.
As per rules, the Secret Service is also mandated to provide protection for Trump’s four adult children. However, Alles also cited overall increases to his agency’s staff levels as a factor driving the extra costs. He called the issue “not one that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone.” Alles called the agency’s current needs by the agency as, “an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo.”