PRICE APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF DHS FUNDING BILL
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, narrowly averting a full agency shutdown. Congressman David Price, who previously served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement about the bill’s passage.
“I am pleased that after months of unnecessary brinksmanship, Speaker Boehner finally allowed a vote on a clean, full-year funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Not surprisingly, the bill passed with wide bipartisan support, much as it did in the Senate.
“As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee through 2014, I negotiated this legislation in the last Congress with Republican and Democratic colleagues from the House and Senate. I am pleased that its responsible funding decisions will now become law, providing critical support for national security priorities like White House security, first responder and anti-terror grants, drug and human trafficking interdiction, and immigration enforcement.
“This shutdown controversy, while great political theater, was completely unnecessary and avoidable. Beginning with the “Cromnibus” negotiations in December, I have continuously called for the Speaker to let us vote on this bill, and I am glad that he finally decided to stop bending to the demands of the most radical conservatives in his party. Today was a good day for the Appropriations process and for the safety and security of the American people. I thank Speaker Boehner for finally taking the right course of action.”