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March 03, 2015

Finally: House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the final passage by the House of Representatives of a clean, full-year funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. All House Democrats voted for the bipartisan legislation, while most House Republicans voted against it.

I am relieved that after weeks of unnecessary drama – stirred up by a radical faction of the Republican party – we have finally passed a clean, full-year bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Democrats have been asking for this since December, and it is what the taxpayers expected us to do. While it is clear that Democrats forced Speaker Boehner to stop playing political games with our homeland security budget, there are no winners here. We should have passed this bill last year and spent recent months trying to address evolving threats posed by radicalized extremists and cyber hackers whose attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated. Although the Majority's actions have given little reason, I hope that we can work together on these critical issues and stop this pattern of governing from crisis to crisis.

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