House of Representatives Passes Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act
Washington, DC- On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY-1) voted for the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), which would fund the Department for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. Congressman Zeldin also voted for several amendments, which includes defunding the President’s executive amnesty order.
This legislation would provide $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is an increase of $400 million from last year.
“The funding in this bill will help protect our nation through vital security and enforcement efforts,” said Congressman Zeldin. “This appropriation will help secure our borders and protect us against foreign threats, such as terrorism.”
The bill provides the largest amount of operation-force levels in the history of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This includes 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 CBP officers, as well as several critical border security initiatives, such as around-the-clock surveillance of air, land, and sea approaches to the border.
An amendment to this bill defunds the President’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, which he signed off on last month without Congressional approval. Congressman Zeldin released the following statement today with regards to immigration:
“I strongly support legal immigration. We live in a great nation of immigrants.
I also have great respect for the office of President of the United States. He is the highest ranking executive in our nation, and arguably, the most powerful person in the world. One thing the President is not is also the legislature.
In Federalist #47, President James Madison stated, ‘The magistrate in whom the whole executive power resides cannot of himself make a law’. The Federalist Papers are often referenced when determining the intent of our founding fathers when they were drafting our Constitution. Madison referenced Montesquieu in Federalist #47 as it was he who wrote historically significant political doctrine with regards to separation of powers and the need for a constitutional government with three separate branches of government with checks and balances. Our Constitution itself is clear that the President of the United States is not also Congress, nor should he ever attempt to act as both.
During this term, I am confident that the House of Representatives will pass legislation that will strengthen our immigration system. It is our duty to do so and I know that many of my new colleagues are up to the task.”