Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement in Opposition to Republicans’ Harmful Homeland Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—January 15, 2015. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement in opposition to H.R. 240, the so-called Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which House Republicans passed yesterday:

“The question on everyone’s mind at this very moment is: Are we doing everything we can to prevent a Paris-like terrorist attack here in the United States?

Americans would be right to expect the Republican majority to promptly, finally and adequately fund the Department of Homeland Security after they already delayed funding once by making it a political football on immigration.

But no – it seems the Republicans couldn’t help themselves even when it comes to national security.  They couldn’t simply present a bill that provides the necessary funding to keep the American people safe, which would have had bi-partisan support.

Instead the Republicans viewed this potentially dangerous moment as an opportunity to undermine the President’s executive actions on immigration going all the way back to 2011 putting 600,000 young people in jeopardy of deportation, and refusing to let the government prioritize for deportation felons over families. As a consequence nearly all Democrats, as well as 10 Republicans voted no and the White House issued a veto notice.

Shame on them those who supported this bill.  We should stop playing games with our national security and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill without any further delay.”

Source: Schakowsky.house.gov