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Johnson Statement on Government Funding and Border Security Package

Washington, February 14, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951)
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on the bipartisan appropriations measure:

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on the bipartisan appropriations measure:

The bipartisan budget agreement the House just voted on isn’t perfect – far from it – but, it moves the ball forward on addressing the national security crisis at our southern border while avoiding a second partial government shutdown. And, it also provides the Department of Homeland Security and our ICE agents with the critical flexibility needed to ensure illegal immigrant felons remain detained. I voted yes.

Every single mile of a wall, fence, or barrier (whatever term you prefer) that goes up increases our border security. I supported the President’s request for more wall funding, and I believe more money should have been allocated for America’s security. I’m disappointed Democrats can’t see the wisdom in that. But, I believe President Trump will be able to get the funding he needs to fulfill one of his main campaign promises to the American people - to secure our border. 

Additionally, this bill provides critical funding for expanding our rural broadband infrastructure and telemedicine capabilities...both critical needs for Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. It also includes language that I offered as an amendment last year to ensure Ohio continues to receive funding to help reclaim abandoned mine lands in conjunction with economic and community development and reuse goals.  

As I have previously said, I support declaring a national emergency on the southern border – because there is a national security crisis there – and, I will continue to strongly back the President’s effort to secure the border and reform our broken immigration system.

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