Washington, DC – February 14, 2019....Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today voted to pass a package of bipartisan appropriations bills that will support the safety, security, and prosperity of the U.S. The legislation completes the Department of Homeland Security; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bills.
Congressman Womack said, "Tonight, Congress fulfilled its constitutional duty and fully funded the federal government. While not perfect—as no compromise is—this deal prevents another costly shutdown and confronts resistance to securing the southern border. We are delivering more resources to secure our border, support our law enforcement agents, and keep America’s communities safe. Importantly, these steps forward also give us a stronger base to work from in the next fiscal year.”
Homeland Security highlights include:
- Securing $22.5 billion for overall border security efforts, including border barriers, border technology, personnel, and ICE detention beds
- Providing $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new physical barriers to secure the southern border
- Increasing immigration judges to reduce immigration case backlog
- Enhancing border security technology to combat human and drug trafficking
- Supporting ICE enforcement, apprehension, and detention efforts
- Strengthening resources to combat terrorists, drug traffickers, and gang activity
This legislation also includes important pro-life protections, as well as critical funding for programs that enhance economic prosperity and job creation, fight the opioid abuse epidemic, and improve and maintain transportation infrastructure.
The funding package will now go to President Trump's desk for signature.
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense and transportation, housing and urban development subcommittees.