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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Spending Bill: Too Little Good, Too Much Bad: Brooks to Vote "No"

February 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he will vote “No” later today against H.J.Res. 31, a 1,169 page spending bill that was released this morning and that no one in the public or on Capitol Hill has had time to read; spends money America does not have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back; and does little to nothing to secure America’s porous southern border (what the bill gives in border security with one hand, it takes back in other ways with the other hand).

Congressman Brooks said, “The massive 1,169 page spending bill is a debt junkies’ dream that forces me to choose between two really bad choices: vote to shut down the government or vote to aid and abet the killing of at least 50 Americans per day who die from illegal alien homicides or from overdoses on poisonous drugs shipped through our porous southern border. Socialist Democrats should not hold America and border security hostage by forcing America into this ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ deadly choice.”

Brooks continued, “According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, roughly 2,000 illegal aliens are apprehended each year by federal agents for homicides committed on American soil.[1] Worse yet, National Institute of Health data reveals that roughly 31,000 Americans die each year from heroin [2] and cocaine [3] overdoses, 90% of which floods across our porous southern border.[4]”

Brooks continued, “While this bill has many border security problems, one glaring weakness gives sanctuary states, counties, and cities VETO POWER over border security and wall construction in parts of their jurisdictions. We may as well put up billboards that say ‘Welcome Illegal Aliens! Border Security not permitted here!’[5] Further, the bill dramatically increases visas for legal immigration, resulting in even more lost job opportunities and suppressed wages for American workers.”

Brooks concluded, “America’s national debt just blew through the $22 trillion mark this past week! Yet, this massive spending bill continues to spend money at dangerously high rates . . . money America doesn’t have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. I cannot in good conscience vote to steal from our children and grandchildren in order to live off borrowed money today. Unless America starts electing more people to Washington who are financially responsible, a debilitating national insolvency and bankruptcy is in our future. The question is not ‘if’, the question is ‘when.’ And the answer to ‘when’ is in the control of America’s creditors. America is insolvent and bankrupt the moment our creditors decide to stop loaning us even more money to pay for the federal government’s out-of-control operating expenses.”

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[1] Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and  Removal Operations Report. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/about/offices/ero/pdf/eroFY2018Report.pdf     

[2] NIH (2018, August). Overdose Drug Deaths. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

[3] U.S. Department of State, International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, March 2018. https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/278759.pdf

[4] US Department of State (2018, March). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/278759.pdf

[5] H.J.Res. 31, MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/CRPT-116hrpt9.pdf. SEC. 232. (a) Prior to use of any funds made available by this Act for the construction of physical barriers within the city limits of any city or census designated place described in subsection ( c), the Department of Homeland Security and the local elected officials of such a city or census designated place shall confer and seek to reach mutual agreement regarding the design and alignment of physical barriers within that city or the census designated place (as the case may be). Such consultations shall continue until September 30, 2019 ( or until agreement is reached, if earlier) and may be extended beyond that date by agreement of the parties, and no funds made available in this Act shall be used for such construction while consultations are continuing.

 

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