by Countable | 1.2.19
Note: We'll transfer this summary once the bill is formally introduced after the 116th Congress convenes and it is assigned an ID number on Thursday.
This legislation would fund the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) at current levels through February 8, 2019 and restore lapsed funding, allowing the agency to fully re-open. It wouldn’t provide any additional or new funding for border security.
Argument in Favor:
This bill would allow the Dept. of Homeland Security to be fully operational through February 8th without new funding for the wall while Congress and the White House try to reach a deal on border security. It’s irresponsible to allow such a crucial agency be impacted by a shutdown.
This bill has no chance of becoming law, and if Democratic lawmakers are serious about reopening agencies impacted by the partial government shutdown they need to make a deal that gives President Donald Trump more border security funding.
Impact: Congress; and the Dept. of Homeland Security.
Cost: A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: Incoming House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) will introduce this bill to fund Homeland Security through February 8th in conjunction with a bill to fund the rest of the government and end the partial shutdown:
“Responsibly funding the federal government is one of the most important duties of Congress. This legislation fulfills that responsibility, reopens federal agencies shuttered by the Trump Shutdown, and ensures that the federal government is working for the American people. When the 116th Congress convenes Thursday, our new Democratic majority will take the first step to ending the Trump Shutdown by passing this legislation, which has already garnered strong bipartisan support in the Senate.”
President Donald Trump dismissed this proposal, arguing that it doesn’t do enough to secure the border:
“The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”
Summary by Eric Revell
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The wall is not happening. Let’s get over Un-indicted coconspirator #1 and his COMPULSIVE LIES. Let’s actually work on real immigration reform and MODERN border policies. History is full of walls that didn’t, don’t, and won’t work.
Fund the wall. Any bill without sufficient funding for the wall and other border security needs should be opposed by those who realize our number one priority is to secure our borders.
I'm really sorry my Representative was not among the five Republicans who put country over party and did what is right for America not what is right for the GOP and Donald Trump. The hypocrisy in the Senate is even worse where Mitch McConnell will not even consider a bill that was passed overwhelmingly just a few weeks ago. Apparently he is afraid to even have a recorded vote on the matter. The GOP love of party far outweighs their love of country. So sad. A bill funding Homeland Security through February 8th with no new funding for border security passed 239-192, with all Democrats and five Republicans voting in favor.
End the shutdown! Fund Homeland Security! NO WORTHLESS WALL!!!
It is this voter's opinion that DHS is managed so poorly that it doesn't deserve funding until it has undergone a massive overhaul.
Those truly concerned with our security will fund this agency fully. They do so much more than any wall ever would.
This is a pretty common sense bill and as a constituent I ask you vote in favor of getting Homeland Security back up and running full speed as quickly as possible.
Lets get people back to work.
Do your jobs and get all government appropriations in order. Stop using the budget to hold federal employees hostage. Nobody else cares about democrats and republicans playing tit for tat, except the people directly impacted by the antics and probably the media because it profits from fear mongering such topics. If Congress people had their pay furloughed every time a shutdown occurred perhaps lapses in funding would never happen.
Just build the wall . . . . .everything else will fall into place!
Donald Trump and his wall can SUCK IT!!!
Fund Homeland Security for things that actually work. The wall does not do that effectively
Again NO stinkin wall. Homeland Security yes.
The DHS should be funded at its current levels and vital services restored, but absolutely no funding should be allocated to building the President's proposed border wall.
Any Bill must include funding for the wall, barrier or whatever you want to call it. Enough with playing with our money just do your JOB.
Please work across the aisle...we don't need a wall. We need reasonable and effective border security, immigration laws that work, DACA to stay in place and a path for current illegal immigrants currently in the country to legal citizenship as long as they have not committed criminal acts.
Yes. Fund homeland security through feb 8th. No wall.
The money should go for technology & personal for security Not a wall.
Oppose this bill fund Home Land Security but we must build the WALL NOW! The ones opposed to the WALL believe it won't affect them because of their wealth & power, IT WILL!
the bill before I was in favor of gives this department no funding.. why would I change my mind?
I am a long standing Democrat leaning independent and certainly no Trump voter. However I would like to see the Democrats stop playing politics and "gotcha" politics and instead have an open and honest look at border security, asylum laws and the impact of illegal immigration on the immigrants and US citizens. Our borders should have become far more secure on September 12. 2001 in my opinion. Going after Trump is not going to get legislation that supports my beliefs. Please legislate like professionals.
We need to fund the wall!!!