Aderholt Encourages Senate to Pass DHS Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a rare bicameral press conference, House and Senate Republicans gathered to highlight the minority party in the Senate’s blockage to funding the Department of Homeland Security. Leadership in both chambers echoed the legislators’ call for an end to the filibuster and noted that, unlike Reid-era leadership, the current Senate leadership has promised the opportunity for amendments.
"I think it is clear: the Senate has a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and the only thing getting in its way is a Senate Democratic filibuster,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Chairman of House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.
"This issue has grown larger than just DHS funding; the Senate minority is dictating what the House majority can or cannot pass in our chamber. That is not how democracy works,” said Aderholt. "The House passes a bill, the Senate then passes a bill, and then we sit down to discuss it.
"I am not sure that there is anything to discuss with the Senate until they pass a funding bill for this department. There is nothing we more can do in the House that the Senate cannot do itself with the legislation that we have already given them."
In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.