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September 27, 2023

Congressman David Trone Delivers Floor Remarks in Opposition to the 2024 Homeland Security Funding Bill


September 27, 2023 

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

Congressman David Trone Delivers Floor Remarks in Opposition to the 2024 Homeland Security Funding Bill

Congressman David Trone (D-MD), Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Department of Homeland Security Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 4367, the fiscal year 2024 Homeland Security bill:

“Here we are – now three days until a government shutdown – voting again on extreme Republican-led bills that do nothing to prevent it.

“The ink wasn’t even dry on the bipartisan debt ceiling deal before Republican leadership reneged on their word… their promise.

“Instead, the bills we’re considering this week include disastrous funding cuts and culture war priorities – priorities that apparently play well in fundraising emails but fail to address our nation’s real problems, like the opioid crisis.

“This Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill would dedicate 2 billion in taxpayer dollars to build a border wall. It’s a 6th-century solution to a 21st-century problem. Especially considering that 90% of fentanyl comes through legal ports of entry and by American citizens.

“As a Member of this subcommittee, I find this pretty unbelievable.

“Across the board, the Republicans’ funding bills undercut our ability to take care of Americans today and build a brighter tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.

“It’s about time that the Republicans put the needs of the majority over the loud few, and pass a government funding bill that meets America’s needs. Campaign season is over – it’s time to govern. I urge my colleagues to reject this hyperpartisan bill.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Budget, and Joint Economic Committees in the 118th Congress. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders.

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