Hoeven: Senate Needs to Vote on Bipartisan House Measure Funding the Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after a minority of senators blocked a vote on bipartisan House legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security:

“The bipartisan House bill that was blocked from a vote today in the U.S. Senate would fully fund all of the important functions of the Department of Homeland Security. It would strengthen our borders, bolster immigration and customs enforcement, enhance cybersecurity to deflect cyber-attacks and provide new technology and tools to the men and women who protect the American people and our homeland.

“The legislation would also reverse the president’s unilateral executive decision to defer action on approximately 5 million illegal immigrants, allowing them to live and work in the United States. Immigration policy, like other major policies, needs to be debated and voted on in Congress. It needs to reflect the will of the American people and not the decision of one individual. We will continue to press for Homeland Security legislation that focuses on protecting the American people and American interests.”