Woodall Votes to Secure Southern Border, Avert Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC – This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report on H.J.Res. 31, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019,” which funds the government and provides resources for border security.
“House Republicans have been focused on giving President Trump the tools he needs to secure our border. This legislation addresses the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border by including $1.375 billion for 55 new miles of wall or physical barrier, as well as additional funding for technology to combat human and drug trafficking,” said Congressman Woodall. “When you’re negotiating, you’re going to have to find common ground. Everyone is not going to be happy about the agreement, but this legislation gives the President resources to begin addressing the humanitarian crisis at our border now while Congress continues working to find a consensus on border security solutions moving forward.”
The Consolidated Appropriations Act:
- Reduces the immigration case backlog by increasing the number of immigration judges from 395 to 534.
- Funds detention beds at a higher level than the amount enacted in Fiscal Year 2018, allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement the flexibility to address surges in illegal immigration and apprehensions. This appropriations bill does not limit ICE’s enforcement actions that could have caused criminal aliens to be released.
- Increases funding for federal law enforcement to combat terrorists, drug traffickers, and gang-related activity. Funding is also increased for U.S. Attorneys; U.S. Marshals; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.