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Congressman Jim Bridenstine’s Statement on DHS Funding


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Washington, March 3, 2015 | Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director (202-225-2211) | comments

Statement from Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R, OK-1):

Today, the House passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The bill funds President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.  I voted no.    

Back in January, I voted to fund every constitutional DHS function and program and to defund the executive amnesty.  Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from even debating the House-passed bill.  Senate Democrats also prevented the House and Senate from going to conference and figuring out a way to fund DHS without the President’s executive amnesty.

Ultimately, this outcome was entirely predictable.  The House should have never passed the so-called “Cromnibus” back in the lame duck session in December.  The strategy of passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill, but holding out DHS was never credible.  The President and Senate Democrats always knew the House would capitulate.  Along with other House conservatives, I voted against the Cromnibus.  The federal court system is our last hope to overturn the President’s lawlessness on immigration.  


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