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Senate Democrats Are Stalling DHS Funding
In January, the House passed funding for the Department of Homeland Security that funds the agency through September 2015, and most importantly, blocks President Obama and his administration from granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed opposition to the President acting alone on immigration reform, and believe that Congress should be working on a comprehensive reform that puts the needs of the American people first.
In a recent ABC poll, 57 percent of registered voters said they disapprove of the President’s amnesty plan. Those Americans went to the polls last November and their voices were heard loud and clear. As a result, Republicans gained the largest majority in the House since 1928, and won back the Senate.
We thought we had an opportunity to get the DHS funding bill quickly to the President’s desk, however, Senate Democrats are stalling debate and holding the fate of our homeland security hostage. Even the eight Senators who have been quoted in opposition of Obama’s amnesty plan are still voting against moving the bill to a debate. These senators have been nicknamed the “Obstructionist Eight”: Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), HeidiHeitkamp (D-ND), Angus King (I-ME), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and John Tester (D-MT).
I joined 170 of my Republican colleagues in the House in sending a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to ask that the stalling against the DHS appropriations bill end. We need a frank and honest debate over the bill, and by stalling this process, they are forcing us to find a funding agreement at the eleventh hour. Legislating in a hurry is not the way Congress should be working, especially on controversial and important issues such as the funding for America’s security. I hope the Senate Democrats quickly realize that there is no time for more political games and stalling, and that we must move forward with the priorities of the American people.