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Eliot E.
Democrat NY 16

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  • Fully Fund Homeland Security

    by Representative Eliot L. Engel

    Posted on 2015-01-14

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    ENGEL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I want to express my deep disappointment in the votes that were just taken by the House.

    We should be fully funding Homeland Security in this country. In light of what went on in Paris, in light of September 11, in light of the fact that there are terrorist cells, we need the Department of Homeland Security to be fully funded.

    If there are differences of opinion with the President on the immigration bill, then that should be fought in an immigration bill, but we shouldn't mix apples with oranges.

    My mother used to say, ``You shouldn't cut off your nose to spite your face.'' That is exactly what this House did just before: we cut off our nose to spite our face.

    To prove a point of dissatisfaction with the President, we cut funds for Homeland Security. That is an irresponsible act, and I really wish it would be reversed. We need to fully fund Homeland Security. The fight on immigration is the fight on immigration. Let's not mix apples with oranges, to quote another metaphor.

    I am terribly disappointed, and I say to my colleagues that the Department of Homeland Security needs to be fully funded. We should be adding funds to keep our people safe, not pulling them away.


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