Maloney: DHS funding fight was reckless and irresponsible
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the House of Representatives passage of a full-year appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
“After months of threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in order to overturn President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, House Republicans finally allowed a vote on a clean, long-term funding bill for our nation’s security agencies. And, as many of us have said all along, the bill passed by a large-bipartisan vote.
“There is certainly a time and place for a debate on immigration policy. However, it is reckless and irresponsible to threaten funding for the Coast Guard, TSA screeners, the Secret Service and thousands of others working to keep our country safe. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed and the Department of Homeland Security can now focus on its mission and not be burdened with the noise and distractions of partisan political drama.
“Our country has endured far too many manufactured crises in recent years. For too long a minority of House Republican members have been allowed to hold up bills that are central to a functioning government. This pointless political posturing has real consequences and it needs to end. I am hopeful that we are not again forced to endure such an irresponsible and thoughtless exercise.”