(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of Fiscal Year 2015. The House passed the measure by a vote of 257 to 167.
“This negotiated, bipartisan Homeland Security Appropriations legislation is a good bill. If you oppose illegal immigration, and support strong border security and interior enforcement, then you should support this bill,” said Dent. “Furthermore, at a time of increased terrorist activity around the globe, it is essential that America is protected by a fully functioning Homeland Security Department,” he stated.
Representative Dent worked on the underlying appropriations bill as a Member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. The legislation includes:
>the largest operational force of Border Patrol agents and CBP officers in history;
>a provision to fully fund E-Verify;
>an increase of almost $700 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement;
>the first responder grant programs that are critical to so many state and local departments;
>important steps toward the implementation of a biometric entry and exit data system;
>programs to thwart cyber-attacks;
>funding to maintain our Coast Guard.
“While I strongly oppose President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration, his action is not going to be resolved through the annual appropriations process; it is being addressed in federal court” said Dent. “It is unfortunate that this vital national security legislation became a vehicle for ‘Inside-the-Beltway’ game-playing,” said Dent.
“The House will now move away from this immediate cliff and hopefully demonstrate that we have the capacity to govern and find solutions to the many pressing problems facing our nation,” Dent concluded.
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