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Palazzo Votes Against Partisan Funding Bill that Fails to Address Border Crisis

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Washington, June 25, 2019 | comments

Washington, DCCongressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement after opposing legislation that stripped critical funding from the emergency supplemental appropriations bill meant to provide humanitarian and security relief to the overwhelmed southern border:  

“Once again, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats should be ashamed of this partisan hijack. It is further proof that they are completely unwilling to set their political personalities aside to pass a sound, bipartisan bill. Our border crisis worsens by the day and the Liberals in the House are fixated on politicizing this process. I stand ready to pass a bill the President will sign that is not riddled with poison pills, but instead prioritizes the security of our nation.”

Additional details on the legislation:

-Includes zero funding to investigate human traffickers smuggling unrelated children across the border

-Zeroes out Department of Defense funding for additional military support from the Active Duty and National Guard personnel who are currently providing aviation support, medical assistance, and mobile surveillance

-Includes zero funding for the Immigration and Custom Enforcement Officers who are working overtime at the border

-Restricts the Administration’s flexibility to respond to the crisis

-Does not provide funding for additional immigration judge teams, courtrooms and additional equipment

-Forces continued assistance for countries who are failing to help address the crisis

Over the past month, House Democrats have blocked $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid funding for the border 17 times. This money would have been used to assist with shelter capacity for unaccompanied children, care, personnel, transportation needs, to combat human trafficking and smuggling, as well as crucial technological upgrades.

On May 1, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Congress requesting $4.5 billion in emergency appropriations to immediately address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Nearly 60 days have passed since that request was received.

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted an emergency funding bill on a vote of 30-1. The Senate-passed version included $4.59 billion to address the humanitarian and security needs along the border. It also included funding to support operations to detain dangerous individuals at the border.

Congressman Steven Palazzo is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and was selected in January to serve as a conferee for the select committee that secured funding for the border wall.

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