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Rogers Statement on Funding Bill Vote

February 14, 2019

Rogers Statement on Funding Bill Vote

WASHINGTON House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) released a statement after he voted against the government funding bill.

Securing our borders and supporting law enforcement used to be bipartisan priorities. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. I was hopeful Democrats on the conference committee could put politics aside and embrace an all-of-the-above approach to border security, a strategy that includes investing in physical barriers, 21st-century technology, and manpower.

Ultimately, this agreement did not go far enough in advancing those goals. It doesn t give President Trump enough for a border wall system, provides no new funding for border patrol agents, and limits ICE s ability to enforce our immigration laws.

I applaud Sen. Shelby and Rep. Granger for their good faith efforts to reach the best possible deal, especially given the difficult hand they were dealt. President Trump has the authority to build on what Congress has given him to secure our southwest border. I look forward to hearing more about his plans to use his executive authority to do so. I support President Trump s efforts to keep America safe.

Background: Rogers led Homeland Security Republicans in calling on the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee to pursue an all-of-the-above approach to border security.


Contact: Nicole Hager