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Capito Calls Out Proposed Cuts

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, yesterday spoke on the Senate Floor to address the need for Congress to work together in a bipartisan way to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY22 at adequate levels. In the midst of a historic southern border crisis, Democrats’ proposed spending legislation would actually cut funding from DHS.

HISTORY OF BIPARTISANSHIP: “Every year, it’s a challenge to come up with a bipartisan bill. It’s difficult to fund the government, but every year we managed to do it. The main reason being – that we’ve agreed on certain rules, rules that transcend unique political situations, where both sides know are required in order to reach an agreement. We realize we got to give on each side.”

IN THE MIDST OF A BORDER CRISIS: “Don’t forget we’re in the midst of a continuing crisis on our southern border. Democrats have cited the supposed reduction in border encounters as evidence that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s immigration policies are working. It is true that encounters have gone down, they’ve gone down from record highs in July and record highs in October. That’s right. This October’s numbers, which are the last numbers that we have, were the highest recorded numbers of any October in history – and that’s astonishing.”

DEMOCRATS REDUCED FUNDING PROPOSAL: “A full year FY22 bill that does not address these real problems at our border – it’s not reasonable, either. But that’s what the majority’s homeland bill does. Literally, the first sentence of the summary says, and I quote, ‘the fiscal year 2022 Homeland Security bill provides discretionary funding of $71.7 billion, which is $65 million less than what the President asked in his budget and $136 million less than the 2021 enacted level that we’re living under right now.’ That’s right. The DHS bill, introduced by the majority, that we’re now told is better for the department than a CR, actually reduces funding from last year’s levels.”

MISGUIDED PRIORITIES FROM THE MAJORITY: “Allow me to cite another telling line from the majority’s Homeland Security summary that I’ve mentioned before, listed in their key points and highlights for Homeland Security. The very first one that they list is ‘addressing impacts of climate change and improving climate resilience.’ They don’t mention number one, border security. They don’t mention number one, cybersecurity. They don’t mention number one, disaster relief and recovery which is Homeland Security. They don’t mention the Coast Guard.”

IMPORTANCE OF BIPARTISANSHIP ON BORDER SECURITY: “Illegal border crossings remain at a record high. We need to squash this delusion that things are getting better. The American public is well aware that they aren’t. Therefore, we need to provide the proper resources to the agencies in charge to fix the problem. Not perpetuate the crisis….We need to come together as Democrats and Republicans in the spirit of true compromise to avoid that outcome. We can only do that if we understand each other’s true interests.”

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West Virginia Daily News has been serving Greenbrier and Monroe Counties since 1852.


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