The following is a message from Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2):
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted on the President’s request to increase the debt limit. I, along with 317 of my colleagues, voted NO, and this legislation failed to pass. Raising the debt limit encourages more spending, and the federal government already spends too much. I will continue to support measures that reduce government spending and that stop the raid on American wallets. This week, the House of Representatives also considered an appropriations bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I introduced three amendments regarding immigration and border security. All three passed.
Border Communications Amendment
I introduced this amendment to improve border cell phone communications infrastructure. Those that live and work along the border, including law enforcement agents that patrol the border areas, often cannot communicate because of “cell phone dead zones.” Meanwhile the federal government continues to ignore the pleas for help from border residents. If the federal government is not going to secure the border, the least we can do is give border residents the ability to call for help. I first became aware of this problem when I was invited by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to visit the Arizona border. I am proud that this amendment passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 327-93.
Congressman Poe on a recent tour of the southern Arizona-Mexico border. This is one of the many illegal immigration warning signs present at the border.
Sanctuary Cities Amendment
I introduced this amendment to prohibit DHS from sending money to those cities that refuse or place limits when federal immigration authorities seek to apprehend and remove unauthorized aliens, or “sanctuary cities.” Contrary to current U.S. law, a number of cities purposefully place statutory, policy or fiscal limits when federal immigration authorities seek to apprehend and remove unauthorized aliens from those cities. These cities, who violate federal law, should not receive federal funding. This amendment passed.
Deferred Action Amendment
I introduced this amendment to prohibit money from the DHS appropriations bill to be used to grant deferred action or parole to an illegal alien in the U.S., except for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Currently the Administration is using deferred action to grant “administrative amnesty,” bypassing Congress and the will of the American people. I hope to end this backdoor amnesty, and am pleased to report that this amendment also passed.
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God and Texas,
Member of Congress
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