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Fleischmann on Democrats' Border Emergency Supplemental Bill: "Democrats should stop the political games and provide long overdue humanitarian aid.”

June 25, 2019
Press Release

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, issued the following statement in opposition to Democrats’ border emergency supplemental appropriations bill:

“The Administration has been more than transparent in the urgent need for additional assistance at the border beginning with their request for $4.5 billion for emergency humanitarian aid over one month ago. Additionally, Department officials have been forthcoming in their efforts to provide firsthand testimony – politics aside – to Members on both sides of the aisle.

“Democrats’ emergency funding bill underfunds necessary agencies, omits additional aid for enforcement resources and does not provide for family verification methods to combat fraudulent asylum claims. There should be no ambiguity about the severity of the crisis. We need a complete border supplemental bill providing relief and resources for all the agencies working at the border and within the country. Democrats should stop the political games and provide long overdue humanitarian aid.”

Earlier, Congressman Fleischmann’s spoke in opposition to the bill. 

Excerpts from Congressman Fleischmann’s remarks can be found below.

“At the time we crafted the fiscal year 2019 regular appropriations bill, we could not have predicted the sheer mass of people pouring across the border this spring and summer.

But this fiscal year, Customs and Border Patrol encountered almost 700 thousand people. 

That’s double the amount in all the previous fiscal year, and we still have three months to go. 

Further, we are not talking about separating children.  We are talking about children coming without parents who can care for them.  We can’t just let kids wander the streets. 

We need to ensure HHS has the space and the capacity to find sponsors or suitable homes for these kids. 

DHS cannot wait another month for funds, and DHS definitely cannot wait on Health and Human Services to receive more funds.

We need a complete border supplemental bill providing relief and resources for all the agencies working at the border and within the country to work through the number of migrants coming across our Southern Border. 

That includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and that includes the Department of Defense. 

Further, we need a supplemental bill that doesn’t throw up roadblocks to implementing the aid we are trying to deliver. 

I urge the House to instead take up a more bi-partisan bill that would also pass the Senate and get signed by the President by Friday.

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