Congress should reject omnibus that would defund border security technology and wait for GOP House

Dec. 20, 2022, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC) tweet today that the omnibus spending bill which would fund federal government appropriations through September 30, 2023, “expressly prohibits CBP funding from being used to improve border security”:

“Any member of the U.S. House or Senate who votes for funding legislation which mandates to the Border Patrol that ‘none of the funds provided in subsection (a)(1) shall be used to acquire, maintain, or extend border security technology and capabilities, except for technology and capabilities to improve Border Patrol processing’ should be removed from office for dereliction of duty.  One of the few Constitutional jobs of the federal government is to secure our nation’s borders, and this current administration has made a mockery of that duty.  It is Congress’ job to demand through the funding bills that the law be upheld, and this provision is an outright surrender of our borders for another ten months.

“More than five million people have come across our border illegally since Joe Biden became president.  This is not a coincidence or a failure of policy, it is the plan.  Voting for the omnibus is a clear rubber stamp to this policy.  To those who claim that the alternative is shutting down the government, the obvious answer is that there is no harm in waiting until next year so that the new House Republican majority has an opportunity to review this provision. Besides, on the border, our government is already virtually shut down as our border patrol officers have been turned into little more than turnstile operators unable to protect our country from foreign invaders due to policies set by the Biden administration and rubber stamped by both political parties in D.C.

“Republicans and honest Democrats must reject the proposed Omnibus and pass a three month Continuing Resolution in its stead.”

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