Mikulski, Shaheen, Hoeven

MTP to the DHS Appropriations bill (H.R. 240)

Senator Mikulski: (2:00 PM)
  • Spoke on the Department of Homeland Security.  
    • SUMMARY "Every past head of homeland security, the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the Senate to pass a separate bill. Tom Ridge, the original chief executive of this agency. Michael Chertoff, who also served under President Bush and Janet Napolitano, they're calling for it. And so am I… I just say let's pass a clean homeland security bill. Let's stop terrorist threats, let's secure our borders, let's safeguard our waterways, let's make sure we're protecting our homeland and be able to move to a clean bill."
Senator Shaheen: (2:10 PM)
  • Spoke on the Department of Homeland Security.  
    • SUMMARY "We have heard in the last two days from the Conference of Mayors, who have urged us to pass a clean bill fund the Department of Homeland Security. We've heard from the emergency managers across this country who are concerned about the risk to assistance for disaster relief and for FEMA, and we just today got a letter from the National Association of Counties urging the passage of a clean bill to ensure that the safety of our communities can be maintained. So this is, as you said, we should not put at risk these communities, the efforts that are going on across this country to keep the nation safe, because there are those people who are angry at the president about an executive action. We can have that debate, but we should be having that debate separately. Now we need to fund this Department of Homeland Security to ensure that there are no risks to our citizens."
Senator Hoeven: (2:22 PM)
  • Spoke on the Department of Homeland Security.  
    • SUMMARY "As indicated previously, what this bill does not fund, what the bill does not fund is the president's executive actions. The House bill includes several amendments that are targeted at reversing the president's actions and articulating priorities for immigration enforcement. If that is concerning to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, then allow us to proceed to the bill so that we can debate these important issues. We have returned to regular order in this chamber, and with that comes the responsibility to debate, offer amendments and vote on legislation. That's what we're asking to do. That's what we're calling on our colleagues to do. That's what the American people want us to do. That's what we're here to do. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of proceeding to H.R. 240 so that we can do our work."