06.26.19

Capito Votes to Deliver Resources for Humanitarian, Security Crisis at Southern Border

Advances agreement Capito helped negotiate to provide 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 voted in support of an emergency supplemental funding agreement she helped negotiate to provide resources for the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. The bipartisan compromise—which the Senate passed by a vote of 84 to 8—would deliver a total of $4.6 billion in much-needed funding to help support families, children, and law enforcement officers.

“Today, we were able to pass a bipartisan solution that addresses the immediate needs at our southern border,” Senator Capito said. “As chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I’ve repeatedly called for Congressional action, and I’m pleased we’ve moved forward. Democrats and Republicans were able to put aside differences and focus on humanitarian needs, providing much-needed relief for migrants and our law enforcement officers alike. Our work is not over. This crisis has highlighted weaknesses in our immigration laws, and we must close those loopholes to ensure we aren’t back here in the same situation again soon. But for today, I’m proud this bill has the support of the vast majority of Senators from both parties, and, most importantly, will provide meaningful help for those at the border.”

As chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Capito oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The measure the Senate approved 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.

To see a video of Senator Capito speaking on the Senate floor today urging her colleagues to support the measure, click here

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