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PRICE STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN DHS FUNDING PROPOSAL

January 12, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman David Price (NC-04), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement about the Republican leadership’s proposed DHS funding bill and immigration amendments.

“The Republicans are once again playing dangerous and irresponsible games with our bipartisan FY15 Homeland Security funding bill. I negotiated this bill with Chairman Carter and our Senate counterparts in good faith, to provide responsible funding levels and oversight to the Department of Homeland Security. Our bipartisan measure was ready for a straight up-or-down vote in December and still is today. Unfortunately, the Republican majority seems more intent on scoring political points than securing the border or confronting threats to national security.

“Speaker Boehner knows full well that the amendments designed to halt the President’s legal executive action on immigration enforcement stand no chance of enactment and will only bring a veto of the bill and further delay in providing the Department of Homeland Security with the resources it needs. The Speaker has catered to the Republican Conference’s most extreme members with these amendments, even including a reversal of the President’s widely-acclaimed earlier action regarding “Dream Act” students. Imagine the outrage on the other side of the aisle had a Democratic majority thought about playing these kinds of political games with George W. Bush’s Department of Homeland Security.

“The heinous terrorist attacks in France should serve as a call to pass the bipartisan Homeland Security funding bill without delay, not co-opt the appropriations process for partisan political gain. I urge my colleagues to defeat all of the amendments and adopt the bipartisan appropriations bill.”

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