Amodei Votes against Funding Bills Intended to Deny Funding for Border Security, Scrap Millions from Western Priorities


Contact: Logan Ramsey, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 21, Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2019 and H.J. Res. 1, Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019. H.R. 21 includes a package of Senate-approved appropriations bills for six of the remaining seven appropriations bills Congress failed to pass by the December 21st, 2018 deadline. H.J.Res. 1 would temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security without allocating any additional funds for border security.  

“We’re day one into the 116th Congress and it’s Ground Hog Day already,” said Congressman Amodei. “Per usual, we see no substantive action from the Senate after the federal government has been operating under a partial shutdown for 13 days.House Republicans took care of business nearly two weeks ago, voting to keep the federal government open, secure our borders, and provide relief to areas torn apart by natural disasters. Unfortunately, I cannot say a similar and transparent process took place in the Senate, where its style of legislating, rarely allows constituents to see where their representatives stand on the issue.

“Now, House Democrats are attempting to hold funding for border security hostage while bringing up a Senate-passed funding package that has not gone through regular order, excludes a number of House-passed priorities, and is already considered dead on arrival. Those House-passed priorities include funding unique to Western states like ours. For instance, the proposal eliminates millions of dollars included in previously House-passed bills for federal agencies to combat devastating wildfires, improve forest health, and promote clean air and water. The Senate should take ownership and provide their rationale for omitting Western funding priorities, instead of allowing the House-passed amounts to just mysteriously vaporize.  

“At the end of the day, I have a responsibility to vote in the best interests of the people of CD-2. I voted against today’s legislation because I do not find it effective or responsible to be advancing bills through the House when both the Majority and Minority Leaders in the Senate have refused to consider any deal unless it has the support of the President and all four congressional leaders. This ‘show vote’ messaging tactic – driven solely by House Democrat’s refusal to prioritize funding for border security – simply adds more fuel to the political fire and does nothing to solve the problem. 

“Having been here for a while now, I cannot recall a government shutdown by either side that proved to be an effective or responsible tool for resolving policy disputes. Not to belabor the fact, but the Pelosi-proposal cuts several billion dollars in House-approved funding for border security, funding which would have been distributed across multiple infrastructure and enforcement programs – not just the border barrier system.  

“Aside from the fact these bills are expected to go nowhere, when considering the negative impact these funding cuts would have on Nevada and our border security, I cannot vote in favor of pretending as though there isn’t a problem – whether it’s in the resource funding department, or in the homeland security department. There are problems, and they need to be resolved… not ‘won’ in the political arena.”


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