WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of today’s cloture vote on the Motion to Proceed to legislation that both fully funds the Department of Homeland Security and blocks the president’s unlawful executive amnesty, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement:
“It is time to enter into a productive discussion about how to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop President Obama’s unlawful executive overreach granting amnesty to five million illegal immigrants. Our country cannot afford this type of obstructionism while our national security hangs in the balance.
“Republicans and Democrats must work together to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but compromise is only possible if Democrats put an end to their filibuster and allow the Senate to consider the bill and amendments. I urge my Democratic colleagues in the Senate to work with Republicans to ensure that Department of Homeland Security employees in West Virginia and around the country can continue doing their critical work.”
Later today, the Senate will vote for the fourth time this month to start debate on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The Department’s funding expires this Friday, February 27. If cloture is agreed to today, the Senate could begin debate and consider amendments to House-passed legislation that both fully funds the Department of Homeland Security and blocks President Obama’s executive amnesty. The current filibuster prevents the Senate from considering any amendments to the House bill.