Hoeven Statement on DHS Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven released the following after the Senate passed an agreement to fund border security and the remaining 25 percent of government through September 30, 2019:

“We secured nearly $1.4 billion in funding for 55 miles of border barrier, which will enable the construction of double the amount of new border barriers over Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels, and provide almost three times as much funding as a continuing resolution. We wanted more funding for border barriers in line with the President’s request, but Democrats held that up. At the same time, however, we worked to ensure the agreement keeps the President’s options open, and we will continue to work with him to build the wall. We also worked to ensure that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has the funding, flexibility and resources needed to do their jobs, including having an adequate number of detention beds, which we were able to secure in the agreement. 

“This is just one step in the process and we are committed to working with the President to continue to strengthen border security and build the wall. At the same time, the agreement enables us to pass the funding for the remaining 25 percent of government – including USDA – through the remainder of the fiscal year.”