06/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/25/2019 16:02
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020:
'Once again, House Democrats have put an appropriations package on the floor at unrealistic spending levels. This proposal, which is $176 billion over current budget caps, puts our nation on a direct course towards sequestration. This disregard for fiscal discipline will have a very real and negative impact on our nation's security. Additionally, H.R. 3055 increases funding for lawyers for migrants who have crossed our southern border, but this bill blocks the president from addressing this crisis using national emergency powers and prohibits funding for physical barriers at our southern border. These priorities are backwards. In addition, it would also allow terrorist detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to be transferred to detention facilities on U.S. soil. Once again, it's clear House Democrats prefer campaign talking points to trying to work with Republicans on responsible solutions to these serious problems.