Bustos Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Conference Agreement

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement after the House passed a bipartisan House-Senate compromise funding bill:

“Today’s bipartisan agreement achieves two important goals – it keeps our government open and takes critical, effective steps to secure our borders. While the bill isn’t perfect, both sides had to meet in the middle and that’s how governing ought to work.

“While I’m encouraged Congress was able to come together, I’m concerned with the president’s reported plans to declare a national emergency to build an ineffective, costly border wall he said Mexico would pay for. Not only is he breaking a signature promise, he’s setting a dangerous precedent – leaders don’t just shut down the government or declare a national emergency any time they disagree with Congress.”

BACKGROUND ON HOUSE-SENATE COMPROMISE

The compromise agreed to by Democrats and Republicans in Congress provides funding for effective, proven measures to secure our borders and keep families safe, including:

  • $100 million for border security technology between the ports of entry such as mobile surveillance capability and innovative towers;
  • $564 million for inspection equipment at our land ports of entry to scan inbound cars, trucks, and cargo for narcotics and other contraband;
  • $414.7 million to address humanitarian concerns at the border, including medical care, more efficient transportation, and holding facility requirements with better conditions and services for migrants;
  • $563.4 million to hire new immigration judges to address the backlog;
  • $527.6 million to support the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, focused on addressing the causes of migration of undocumented Central Americans to the U.S.;
  • $112.6 million for aircraft and sensor systems, including $86 million for 3 additional multi-role enforcement aircraft;
  • $76.9 million for countering opioids with detection equipment and staffing at international mail facilities.

The agreement also includes $1.375 billion for approximately 55 miles of pedestrian and levee fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.

Finally, the package also includes six other appropriations bills including:

  • $17 billion in funding for new infrastructure investments to improve our roads, bridges, highways, railways and mass transit;
  • $3 billion for state and local law enforcement to keep communities safe, including by addressing the opioid crisis, closing sexual assault kit backlogs and hiring more police officers.

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