Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015by Representative Robert Pittenger
Posted on 2015-01-13
PITTENGER. I thank the gentleman from Texas, Chairman Carter, for
his tremendous leadership, this important legislation, and for yielding
me this time.
Mr. Chairman, tonight I am reminded of Thomas Jefferson, who once said: ``Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it.'' Mr. Chairman, we have heard repeatedly from our leader, our President, that he has said he is not king, he is not emperor, and that his powers, as President, are restricted. But his actions speak louder than words. Republicans are committed to holding the President accountable for his overreaching executive actions.
We have achieved remarkable success in this country because we are a Nation governed by the rule of law, not by the decrees of monarchs.
As recent events around the world have tragically reminded us, there are those who are still committed to destroying our way of life.
The Homeland Security Appropriations bill we are debating tonight supports the needs of the brave men and women who protect us each day and meets the requirements to keep us safe.
The amendments accompanying this legislation ensure we continue to be a Nation governed by laws and prevents any funds from being used to implement the President's unconstitutional decrees of amnesty while it prevents further implementation of DACA, which led to the crisis at the border last summer.
I urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation to protect our great Nation and supporting the amendments to protect the rule of law.