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Newhouse Rejects Democrats’ Supplemental Appropriations Bill, Calls for Sufficient Funds to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

June 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act.

“President Trump, Border Patrol, and Health and Human Services employees have been pleading for resources to address the record-breaking number of migrants at our southern border,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I have joined them in calling for a funding package that would provide adequate shelter, food, and care for the families and children that arrive at U.S. facilities. Two weeks ago, I offered an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would have fulfilled the President’s request. Democrats rejected it, stating they would bring a sufficient bill to the floor for a vote. The bill the brought to the floor tonight fails to keep that promise.”

Rep. Newhouse continued, “The bill that passed the House today will make the situation at our border worse.  This bill actually restricts the ability to combat human trafficking of minors. It does not provide for the immigration court teams needed to process the increasing number of people crossing – or attempting to cross – into the United States, and it does not provide the critical funds the men and women at our border need to support operations, secure our border, or prevent dangerous criminals from taking advantage of immigration loopholes. The humanitarian crisis at our southern border deserves to be addressed efficiently, effectively, and humanely. The Senate, however, is on track to pass an agreement that addresses this crisis. I voted against this bill in hopes that my colleagues in the House can come together with the Senate to pass a bill that President Trump will sign into law.”

Background:

On June 11, 2019, Rep. Newhouse offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to include the President’s request for supplemental funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. Democrats on the Appropriations Committee rejected the amendment.