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  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

    by Representative Tom Marino

    Posted on 2015-01-13

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    MARINO. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and the amendments that go with it.

    Now let's get to the facts. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle conveniently leave these facts out.

    First of all, this has nothing to do with shutting down Homeland Security. Second of all, the total budget for Homeland Security is $39.7 billion. That is $1.3 billion over the President's request. That is $400 million over last year.

    Our amendments prevent the President from using any moneys--no matter from where--on amnesty.

    There is no reason to shut down Homeland Security. If Homeland Security is shut down, it is due to the Democrats and President Barack Obama because he has more money for Homeland Security than he asked for.

    I encourage my colleagues to join me in voting for H.R. 240 and the amendments.

    President Obama released amnesty plans in November that include changes to border security, status of persons currently living in the United States unlawfully, and future legal immigration policy changes-- all of which are directly under the purview of the legislative branch, not the executive branch.

    In addition this President's executive order included several other changes that directly result in amnesty.

    To be clear, democracy in this country was built on the foundation of a three branch federal government.

    Our founding fathers saw the importance of checks and balances to prevent any branch from becoming all-powerful and exceeding its constitutional authority.

    Furthermore, our Constitution specifically grants all lawmaking authority to Congress, and instead gives the executive branch the role of executing the laws passed.

    The President's overreach in granting amnesty has left Congress with no choice but to exercise the power of the purse today to restore the Federal Government to one of balance, within the confines of the Constitution.

    Last week I introduced the Defund Amnesty Act to ensure this type of change, and I applaud the leadership for bringing legislation to the floor to boldly put an end to the President's executive order on amnesty.

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