Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion to Proceed—Continuedby Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Posted on 2015-02-04
SHAHEEN. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order
for the quorum call be rescinded.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
Mrs. SHAHEEN. Thank you, Madam President.
I was very pleased to hear the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski, who has done such great work on the committee in putting together the bipartisan agreement that was negotiated last December with the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Rogers. That was a bill which, as the Senator pointed out, funded the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to keep people safe, to address emergencies, to try to protect us from cyber security threats--a whole range of efforts at the Department.
I want Senator Mikulski to hear a comment that I understand was made by the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman John Carter, who is a Republican from Texas. When he was asked about what the outcome of this debate would be on funding the Department of Homeland Security, his comment was, ``Ultimately, there may be a clean bill.'' Well, I say to Senator Mikulski, if the House Republicans and the chair of the subcommittee in the House are acknowledging that ultimately there may be a clean bill to fund the Department to do what was negotiated by you and Congressman Rogers last December, doesn't it make sense that we should get a clean bill done as soon as possible so there is certainty for the Department of Homeland Security so they can continue the planning efforts and they can continue to address the threats to our national security? Shouldn't we just get this done now and stop this ideological fighting and putting at risk people of this country because somebody has an ideological concern about this bill? Ms. MIKULSKI. First of all, I thank the Senator for bringing Representative Carter's comments to my attention. I absolutely agree with the Senator's analysis and also with the comments by Representative Carter. We [[Page S757]] should have a sense of urgency in passing the Homeland Security bill. The terrorists and the bad guys--whether they are organized crime trying to get across our borders, whether they are the terrorists watching us--they are saying: Hey, they are so busy fighting each other, they don't have time to think about fighting us. They are watching us and laughing at us because while we squabble and quibble and dribble, they are out there plotting against us.