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  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

    by Representative Sam Farr

    Posted on 2015-01-13

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    FARR. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.



    Madam Chairwoman, I rise to thank my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee. I am a ranking member also. I know what type of work it takes to put together a $39.7 billion expenditure to protect all of the entities of domestic homeland security. It is a good bill. It was worked out last year. For all the new Members coming, I am shocked that they have to go through this learning process about how we take a good thing and screw it up.

    This bill has bipartisan support. I think if we voted on it tonight, the underlying bill would pass overwhelmingly. I don't even know if there would be a negative vote. But tomorrow morning on this floor amendments are going to be made to this bill. I understand the other side already has them, and I wish the people who are thinking about voting for those amendments and those that are proposing them had listened to the people that we are funding in Homeland Security, because the last thing they would tell you is that America is going to be less secure with those amendments.

    There isn't going to be a college campus or university that isn't going to be in revolt when you try to deport the students who are there. Your wives, your families are going to be upset when you try to deport your gardener or somebody taking care of your house. Our faith- based communities are going to be hiding these people from deportation.

    You are coming in and creating this ugly government that is going to go around and round up people who have not committed a crime and deport them.

    {time} 1915 That doesn't make America more secure. In fact, it makes us ugly all over the world. So, I can't, for the life of me--when we go to such hard work to get such a great, balanced bill, to spend $39.7 billion on the Department of Homeland Security, then want to make sure that it doesn't work.

    The President has said he is going to veto it. He is going to veto it because you are mad at him for providing leadership.

    Thank you, Mr. President, for providing that leadership. The House should have joined with the Senate and adopted a comprehensive immigration bill, but we didn't. We sat on that for 2 years, did absolutely nothing, and now we are attacking you.

    Shame, shame on the House. Defeat those amendments.

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