Brooks Votes on Compromise to Fund Government and Border Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after the House voted 300-128 to fund the federal Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Commerce, and Justice:
“It is government’s job to work together to fund the government, and I am proud we were able make progress and find a bipartisan compromise that keeps government open and provides necessary funding to better secure our southern border.
“This package provides over $22 billion for improved border security, including physical barriers, needed equipment, technology, and personnel to keep our country safe. It further combats terrorists, espionage, drug traffickers, gangs, and violent criminals by increasing funding for U.S. Attorneys; U.S. Marshals; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Importantly, this deal increases the number of immigration judge teams so we can reduce the troubling immigration case backlog. It builds safer communities by including resources for state and local law enforcement to address the opioid crisis, close sexual assault kit backlogs and hire more police officers.
“What Congress passed today is more than just border security. With this agreement, federal workers are provided the security they deserve in knowing they will get paid on time and receive a 1.9 percent pay raise. Additionally, it continues to ensure safe and healthy food on the tables of American families and funds federal crop insurance programs that provide much needed stability to Hoosier farmers. This package works to improve our communities by improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure and ensuring rural areas have access to the same basic utilities that urban areas have through expanded deployment in rural broadband.”