CHC Opposes Border Wall Funding in Minibus Package
Jul 24, 2017
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus opposes the addition of funding for President Trump’s border wall to an upcoming “minibus” appropriations package:
Republican Leadership has announced that they plan to add border wall funding to a minibus appropriations package that the House will be considering this week. The critical national security funding package will include the Defense, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, and Energy & Water appropriations bills. While the Homeland Security appropriations bill is not included in the minibus, Republicans are expected to incorporate funding for a border wall into the package using a rule.
“We want to make it as clear as possible to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will oppose the minibus if it includes funding for a wasteful and immoral border wall. It is deceptive and unconscionable to have Members of Congress who care deeply about our national defense to decide between voting to fund for our military and an unnecessary, impractical, and ineffective border wall. Republicans are forcing American taxpayers to foot the $1.6 billion bill by attaching it to a critical national defense appropriations package. We urge Republican Leadership to rise above Trump’s corrosive campaign politics by returning to regular order and working to pass legislation that helps the American public rather than forcing a vote on an unpopular and costly border wall.”
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
Carlos Paz Jr.