Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Congressman Robert Hurt's Statement on DHS Appropriations Bill

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting against the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act:

"The House acted more than seven weeks ago to responsibly fund the Department of Homeland Security, giving the Senate ample time to debate and negotiate its provisions with the House.  I am very disappointed that Senate Democrats used procedural tactics to stifle debate on the fundamental issue at hand - this Administration's attack on the separation of powers established by our Constitution.  Years of broken immigration policy have left our country with insecure borders and imposed innumerable costs on federal, state, and local taxpayers.  There is no question we face an immigration crisis, but even more important, President Obama has incited a constitutional crisis by once again disregarding the Constitution for the sake of political expediency. 

"As members of Congress, we took an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution – an oath I take very seriously.  We cannot allow this President to undermine our Constitution and the rule of law – the fundamental building blocks of our great nation.  For these reasons, I was unable to support the legislation we considered today.  I remain committed to working with my colleagues to rein in this out-of-control executive branch and restore the constitutional principles on which our country was founded."