Higgins Announces House Approval of Legislation to Reopen the Government
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of H.R. 648, a package of bills that re-opens the federal government and provides $1.6 billion toward border security measures. This marks the 10th piece of legislation approved by the House aimed at ending the government shutdown.
Higgins said, “Enough is enough. This unnecessary shutdown forced on Americans by the President is impacting people’s most basic needs for food, shelter, safety and earned pay for hard work. The shutdown can and should end today.”
The legislation is a product of a bipartisan, bicameral policies agreed to last year. In addition to funding agencies impacted by the partial shutdown, the package approved provides $1.6 billion in border security related measures, including more than $500 million each for:
- Port of entry improvements: to improve border screening & security
- Immigration judges: to reduce the immigration case backlogs
- Central American countries: to create a safer more stable region
A separate bill will be considered by the House of Representatives to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 28, 2019. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Thursday, January 24, 2019 on legislation related to the shutdown.