06.19.19

Capito Secures Funding to Address Humanitarian, Security Crisis at Southern Border

Appropriations Committee advances emergency supplemental funding President Trump requested

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today advanced an emergency supplemental funding agreement that would provide resources to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. The bipartisan compromise—which Senator Capito helped negotiate and the full Appropriations Committee approved by a vote of 30 to 1—would deliver a total of $4.6 billion in much-needed funding to help support families, children, and law enforcement officers.
 
“We all know that there is a crisis at our border. I’m actually pleased to hear in the early part of this meeting that we are referring to this as a ‘crisis’ at our border. Our facilities are bursting at the seams … This is a bill that is absolutely necessary to address this ongoing humanitarian and security crisis on the southwest border, and I believe we saw our early vote received broad support,” Senator Capito said in remarks at today’s markup. “[Our] most important charge here today is to get funding to the border where it is very desperately needed. There are families and children who need our support; there are law enforcement officers who need our support; and this bill provides that support.”
 
As chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Capito oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The measure the committee today would provide the department $1.3 billion in emergency funding—including: 
 

  • $1.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • $209 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • $30 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

 
That funding would go to migrant care and processing facilities, medical care, food, personnel support, immigration data systems and tools, transportation, and counter-human trafficking investigations, among other measures.
 
Senator Capito last week spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the urgent need for additional resources at the border and urging her colleagues to come together and deliver on the administration’s emergency supplemental funding request. For a video of Senator Capito’s floor remarks, click here.
 
For a transcript of Senator Capito’s remarks at today’s markup, click here.

 

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