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  • Department of Homeland Security Funding

    by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    Posted on 2015-01-29

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    CARDIN. Mr. President, let me first thank Senator Carper for his comments on the need for us to pass a homeland security appropriations bill.

    I think our constituents would be surprised to learn that we have not passed an appropriations bill that funds for this fiscal year the Department of Homeland Security, a critically important agency that keeps us safe.

    We know the challenges around the world. We know the challenges to our homeland. Yet we haven't passed a full-year Homeland Security bill. Instead, we have legislation that has come over from the House that is more interested in picking political fights on immigration policy--when we should be together on immigration policy--and holding up the funding for Homeland Security.

    I thank Senator Carper, who is the ranking Democrat on that committee, for bringing to our attention that the best thing for us to do is to take up the Shaheen-Mikulski bill, which is a clean reauthorization of the appropriations for this year, so we can get through this year, and then we can debate immigration on an immigration bill, debate next year's budget on a budget bill, and not have the politics of the House interfere with the funding for Homeland Security.


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