President Trump and Republicans Shut Down Federal Government
WASHINGTON— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted against President Trump and Republican’s $5.7 billion for border wall, included in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) fiscal year 2019 Appropriations bill. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), through this funding, prioritized 55 miles of border wall in the Laredo sector.
Congress was unable to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, leading to seven spending bills expiring on December 21, 2018. The Congressman stated the following:
“I voted against this bill because I cannot support a wall that is nothing more than a 14th Century solution to a 21st Century challenge. President Trump and Republicans were offered options to keep the government open, which they chose to ignore over an ineffective and expensive border wall. They turned their backs on border personnel, veterans, educators, and federal workers across the country who depend on steady paychecks.
“If a continuing resolution includes $5.7 billion of border wall funding, then the first 55 miles of wall are set to be constructed in Webb County. This massively expensive barrier will have devastating effects on private property rights, the economy, and the environment in the areas I represent.
“We can secure our border in a sensible, cost-effective manner, that does not include an antiquated border wall. I will continue to fight against the wall and work in Congress to properly allocate funding towards border security infrastructure, technology, equipment, border security personnel, as well as economic development in Central America and Southern Mexico.”