WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, helped introduce the bipartisan Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act to permanently raise the caps on overtime premium pay for federal wildland firefighters.
Despite risking their lives to protect Nevada communities and forests from catastrophic wildfires, many wildland firefighters live paycheck to paycheck, working overtime without fair pay. While both senators secured a temporary pay increase for these firefighters in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and a temporary extension in the government funding legislation passed last month and again this week, various agencies have indicated that the pay raise funding will run out, lowering firefighter pay rates to an unacceptable level.
Anchor: “Nevada U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto introducing a bill that would permanently raise the overtime pay cap for wildland firefighters. A temporary pay increase funded by the infrastructure law is set to expire, which would drop pay rates for firefighters to what the senators say is an ‘unacceptably low rate.’
Anchor: “Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen are helping introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently raise overtime pay caps for firefighters. The senators say most wildland firefighters work paycheck to paycheck and work overtime without fair pay. They say the ‘Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act’ would remedy that.”
Anchor: “U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen introducing a bill that would permanently raise the overtime pay cap for wildland firefighters. KOLO8 reporting a temporary pay increase, which was funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is due to expire, lowering the pay raise for firefighters to what the senators call ‘an unacceptably low rate.’”