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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran Opposes Legislative Gimmick to Fund Border Wall with American Tax Dollars

July 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran voted against a partisan effort to include funding for a border wall in an unrelated, but critical, defense and veterans spending bill.

“It is shameful that politicians would use backdoor, legislative gimmicks to include $1.6 billion in American tax dollars for a border wall in a bipartisan bill that provides crucial resources for our troops and our veterans,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “If anything, members of Congress should have an up or down vote on whether we should fund a costly, ineffective border wall.”

The Make America Secure Appropriations Act is a package of spending bills that provide funding for our military operations at home and abroad, Veterans Affairs, the Legislative Branch, and energy and water development. The self-executing procedural rule, which Rep. O’Halleran voted against, passed the House along party lines and automatically included $1.6 billion for the construction of a border wall without debate or a vote on the wall funding.

“As I have said before, our immigration system must be reformed through a bipartisan process that includes an investment in 21st century technology and additional support for border patrol agents,” continued O’Halleran. “These are proven methods that secure our border and stem the flow of illegal immigration. A border wall is not.”

The House Committee on Rules prevented two O’Halleran amendments from being voted on by the full House of Representatives. The amendments would have fully funded the Office of Congressional Ethics and prohibited cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Independent Unemployability (IU) program for disabled veterans.