House Passes Bill to Support Border Security Operations

Oct 10, 2013

Rep. Miller reiterates call for Senate and White House to join the House in supporting the men and women who are charged with protecting our nation’s borders

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today spoke on the Floor of the House in support of H.J.Res. 79, Border Safety and Security Act, a bill to provide immediate funding for border security programs at the Department of Homeland Security.  The House passed H.J.Res. 79 with bipartisan support.  In urging the Senate and White House to join the House in supporting this measure, Rep. Miller made the following comments on the Floor of the House:

“Mr. Speaker - I rise today in very strong support of the Border Safety and Security Act.  As Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, I along with so many others have worked to ensure that Congress gives the agents and officers in the field the tools and direction they need to keep drugs, terrorists and others who would do us harm from entering our country.  That is what this legislation today is all about.

“Much of the controversy surrounding the government shutdown has been focused on ObamaCare.  But there is nothing, absolutely zero, in the bill that we are discussing right now that has anything to do with ObamaCare.  The only thing that is in this bill is whether or not we will help provide the funds to ensure that we can protect our nation’s borders and pay the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“I know many of our friends on the other side of the aisle will once again oppose this legislation saying they need an entire government funding bill or they will not accept anything else.  And yet I would note that they are calling Republicans absolutists.  I also know there are many on the other side of the aisle that will support this bill and help us to once again pass these important provisions with a strong bipartisan majority.  I simply hope that the leaders of the Senate will look at the broad bipartisan support for this bill and take it up.

“Border security cannot be casualty of the inability to compromise.  The agencies that are responsible for protecting this country must be fully funded.  So I urge the House to support this bill today, pass this bill today and I certainly urge the Senate and White House to join us in supporting the men and women across the nation charged with protecting our borders.”