Congressman Rooney requests $5.4 billion to fund border wall

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Congressman Rooney requests $5.4 billion to fund border wall, April 4, 2019 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Francis Rooney joined with Rep. Paul Gosar in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the House fully fund border security at the level requested by President Trump.


The text of the letter states, “As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security bill, we urge you to provide funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Procurement, Construction, and Improvements (PC&I) necessary for investments ranging from border security technology, aircraft, marine vessels, tactical infrastructure, information technology systems, and other acquisitions necessary for planning, operational development, engineering, and construction.


Funding Request: $5,402,191,000 


Accordingly, we ask that you include the following language:


“For necessary expenses for U.S. Customs and Border Protection for procurement, construction, and improvements, including procurements to buy marine vessels, aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems, $5,402,191,000;”


PC&I funding also supports the construction of border wall system, as well as critical facilities and associated infrastructure. This funding will allow CBP to accomplish its complex mission of protecting the border while facilitating lawful trade, travel, and immigration. “


Congressman Rooney stated, “Congress must do its job and pass legislation and appropriations to secure our borders, stop illegal border crossings and end abuses of our asylum and visa systems. Democrats as well as Republicans have voted several times since 2007 for nearly all of the border security related measures we are pushing now and which are necessary to stem the tide of illegal entries, stop visa overstays and end the abusive expansion of asylum.”


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