Colorado House Democrats Call for Immediate, Clean Funding of DHS

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Washington, DC, February 25, 2015 | comments

Today, Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-01), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), and Jared Polis (CO-02) made the following statement calling for an immediate vote in the House on a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): 

“For months now we have heard Republican leaders promise there would be no DHS shutdown on their watch and that we cannot play games with our national security. Yet today we are a mere 48 hours away from the brink of a security crisis that has been manufactured by the Republican leadership’s inability to stand up to the extremists in their party.

“The security of our nation is not a political pawn. The men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our skies, secure our borders, and fight terrorism should never have to worry about if or when they will get their next pay check. In Colorado, this GOP crisis is putting at risk more than $49 million in DHS funding which helps us prepare for, prevent, and recover from disasters, better equip our firefighters, and ensure our local law enforcement agencies are ready to stop threats of terrorism. In addition, we have nearly 2,500 direct DHS employees who will be impacted by this reckless shutdown.

“These political games must stop, and they must stop immediately. Every House Democrat has cosponsored a clean DHS funding bill and we trust enough Republicans care about our national security to pass it.”

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