October 20, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the House-Senate Conference Report on FY2010 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security citing several concerns with the measure.
“The Homeland Security conference report removed several important provisions that were included in the original Senate version of this bill,” Inhofe said. “Weakening or eliminating measures that would keep GITMO terrorist detainees out of the United States, provide 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the U.S./Mexico border, and strengthen the E-Verify program made this a bill I could not support.”
While Inhofe could not support overall passage, he did point to several provisions included in the bill that he believed would help strengthen security:
· $10.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which includes $800 million for southwest border fencing, infrastructure and technology and increased funding for additional border patrol agents.
· $5.4 billion for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which includes $1.5 billion for detaining and removing criminal aliens who have violated U.S. immigration laws.
· $224 million for Citizenship and Immigration Services.
· $7.1 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
· $7.7 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).