Fund Homeland Securityby Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Posted on 2015-02-11
JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, the President has issued an AUMF, which
is the authority to determine the questions of war and peace,
particularly in light of the dangers we face with ISIS. In spite of
that, we are holding hostage the funding of the armor of security for
this Nation, the Department of Homeland Security, the committee upon
which I have sat since the horrible, heinous act of 9/11.
We take our work very seriously. We know that we oversee the national security of this Nation, along with the very important aspect and leadership of our Defense Department. Every day, we are mindful of the roles that individuals play who are a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Rather than looking to be concerned about the dangers of unaccompanied children, as our Republican friends seem to be, challenging the President's thoughtful executive actions within the context of his constitutional authority, we are now using those reasons for holding hostage the very armor of domestic security.
Mr. Speaker, let me tell you, the TSA officers that I see as I travel around this country are front liners. I speak to them all the time. They have protected this Nation from various attacks--or potential attacks, might I say--stopping threats that many of us are not even aware of. These very faithful workers, along with border security workers, will have to work without pay. There will have to be a reordering of the strategies of the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Mr. Speaker, 40,000 Border Patrol agents; 50,000 TSA personnel; 13,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officers; 40,000 Coast Guard; and 4,000 Secret Service officers will be threatened by this.
And so, Mr. Speaker, I demand that we do the right thing, with 8 legislative days left. Fund the Department of Homeland Security. Speak in a tone that is that of America. Defend our Nation. Protect our Nation. Stop this politicizing of the funding of the Department of Homeland Security.
I ask the Republicans to join me in an important patriotic effort. Fund the Department of Homeland Security.