Both New Hampshire members of the U.S. House voted with the majority to day to pass a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year.
House and Senate Republicans had tried unsuccessfully to tie DHS funding to overturning President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration. The GOP eventually backed off.
Today, the vote was 257 to 167 in favor of passing the bill, with Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Ann Kuster on the same side. In all, 182 Democrats and 75 Republicans voted in favor, while 167 Republicans and no Democrats voted against.
Kuster said after the vote, “The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with keeping our country and its borders safe, and we should never put our national security at risk by playing partisan, political games with the Department’s funding.
“I’m glad the Speaker finally brought the Senate’s clean, long-term funding bill – which I have long supported – to a vote. I applaud my colleagues in Congress for coming together today to end this manufactured crisis, and for working across party lines to pass legislation that will ensure the men and women who work to protect our nation every day at the Department of Homeland Security have the long-term funding they need to do their jobs and keep our country safe.”
Republican Guinta said, “Like many Granite Staters, I oppose President Obama’s executive overreach granting de facto amnesty to millions of individuals who came here illegally. The President has lost more than a dozen, unanimous decisions before the Supreme Court in the last few years alone; and, most recently a court found that he had exceeded his authority with regard to amnesty. This was the correct decision.
“We have an obligation to provide for the common defense; and, I believe that our national security is of utmost importance. For these reasons, I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year; and, look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our border is secured and our nation is protected.”