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December 2018 Government Shutdown Update & Facts - Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. With yesterday being the first day of the 116th Congress, I wanted to take a moment to check in and provide an update on what’s been happening here on Capitol Hill as our federal government enters its 14th day of a partial shutdown.

 

More than two weeks ago, House Republicans took care of business, voting to keep the federal government open, secure our borders, and support Western priorities. However, before heading home for the holidays, the Senate failed to approve a must-pass spending measure, resulting in a partial government shutdown and forcing unfunded federal agencies to close their doors.

 

As has always been my practice, I will continue to seek your input, keep an open dialogue, and always explain why I voted the way I did… which brings me to last night’s votes in the House where newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to reopen the federal government through two separate funding bills: H.R. 21, a package of Senate-approved language containing the 6 remaining appropriations bills Congress failed to pass by the shutdown deadline, and H.J.Res. 1, a bill to temporarily fund the Dept. of Homeland Security at current levels without allocating a single additional dollar toward border security.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: As this is written, there is an unprecedented crisis occurring at our Southern border, putting vulnerable children at risk. Under the Constitution, it’s Congress’s responsibility to craft immigration policy. The Administration has called on Congress time and again to recognize this fact and appropriately address this issue. Additionally, when it comes to re-opening our federal government and improving national security efforts, both the Majority and Minority Leaders in the Senate have agreed to NOT support any deal unless it has the support of the President and ALL four congressional leaders. Given this reality, instead of negotiating, Speaker Pelosi still chose to bring legislation to the House Floor last night which included zero additional funding for border security efforts and cut millions of dollars for Western priorities important to Nevada – making these bills dead on arrival in the Senate.

 

BORDER SECURITY FACTS: The billions of dollars in House-approved funding for border security that is cut under the Pelosi Proposal was funding that would have been distributed across MULTIPLE infrastructure and enforcement programs to address the crisis at our border. This funding was NOT solely going to be used for a border barrier system, or, as many political athletes like to refer to the whole issue – a ‘wall’. When it comes to the Southern border, it’s important to realize its current state and scale, and note that 127 miles are actually deemed unsuitable for border barrier construction due to the terrain in those areas – which is why the House has previously taken a comprehensive approach to improve security through: infrastructure, lighting, all-weather roads, and other related technology improvements, but there is still more work to be done.

 

With that said, I voted against last night’s bills because I do not think it’s effective or responsible to be wasting time on political show votes in the House when this time could be better spent working with our colleagues in the House and Senate, and alongside the Administration to craft a deal that will actually reopen the federal government. In the end, last night achieved nothing and only added more fuel to the political fire. It’s unfortunate to see the House fail to solve the problem for the sake of a ‘win’ in the political arena.


Read my full statement here: AMODEI VOTES AGAINST FUNDING BILLS INTENDED TO DENY FUNDING FOR BORDER SECURITY, SCRAP MILLIONS FROM WESTERN PRIORITIES

 

Related: 

E-Newsletter - Amodei Report: Government Shutdown Contingency Plan & Resources (December 21, 2018)


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