Congressman Jim Bridenstine Rejects Supplemental Budget Request
Washington, DC, July 8, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The President sent his supplemental appropriations request to Congress today. It is for $4.3 billion, significantly more than the expected $1.9 billion. Of the $4.3 billion, $600 million is to fight wildfires, an unrelated issue.
The President's request does nothing to address the root causes of the problem: lax border security and the administration's indirect encouragement of illegal immigration through executive orders.
Congressman Bridenstine said, "The Secure Fence Act of 2006 requires 100% operational control of the southern border. According to the GAO, the U.S. only has operational control over 44% of the southern border. We need to gain full operational control of the southern border by immediately deploying the National Guard to back up the Border Patrol and finishing construction of 700 miles of double-layer fence, which has proven to work where installed.
"Without breaking posse comitatus, the National Guard can provide command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and recognizance and be a force multiplier for our Customs and Border Protection officers while the long term infrastructure is being completed.
"The President's request has no money for the items we know will secure the border. This proposal needs significant changes."
You can see Congressman Bridenstine's brief speech today on House floor on the issue at: http://youtu.be/RrEMMuQ5zhs.
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