Congressman Kevin Brady released the following statement after voting against H.J. Res. 31, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019:
“Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas did a remarkable job leading the negotiations for House Republicans, and secured every dime she could from Democrats who vowed not to spend one dollar on a physical barrier for our southern border.
“The spending bill is certainly a first step towards securing our nation’s border but I believe Congress should do more to seriously address this national security crisis. Texas pays an extremely high price for a porous southern border, and it is not fair to our citizens and our communities if we let partisan politics get in the way of a true solution.
“The $1.375 billion for a smart, physical wall along the border where it makes sense and added detection technology where it makes sense – as well as additional funding for judges to work off the backlog of border cases and construction of additional processing centers along the border – are important, no doubt. Congress should continue to work with the President to find more resources to direct towards border security.”
Background: Yesterday, the bipartisan and bicameral conference committee tasked with finding a compromise on government funding and border security released the text of their proposed legislation to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Although the Democratic Majority in the U.S. House established a rule that lawmakers and the public must have a full 72 hours to read the text of a bill before it is voted on, the 1,159 page bill and 609 page report was voted on in less than a day.