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Bilirakis Statement on Department of Homeland Security Funding

February 27, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), released the following statement on funding the Department of Homeland Security and the President’s Executive Action on immigration:

“Months ago, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, on four separate occasions, voted to block that legislation from being debated. The Senate passed their own bill, and today, I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for an additional week, to give the House and Senate time to reconcile the differences between the two funding bills and find a long term solution,” Bilirakis said.

“Minority Leader Harry Reid has indicated he will not negotiate, he will not compromise, and he will not go to Conference to reconcile the difference between the two pieces of legislation. That is a mistake. When the two chambers of Congress pass different bills, they are supposed to come together to find a solution. I am committed to doing that, while ensuring that the President’s executive action on immigration is stopped, in accordance with an order from a federal court,” Bilirakis continued. “It is up to Senate Democrats – will they block this attempt at finding a common ground and shut down the Department of Homeland Security, or will they come together, and work towards bridging the differences between our two bills? The choice is theirs.”

On January 8, Congressman Bilirakis cosigned a letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to take action in the 114th Congress to stop the President’s overreach.