Conferees Introduce Legislation to Secure Border, Fund Government
Package Includes Remaining Seven FY2019 Appropriations Bills, Provides $22.54 Billion in Total Border Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate and House conferees today filed a comprehensive appropriations package that contains a bipartisan agreement on border security and completes government funding for the current fiscal year. The legislation provides $22.54 billion in total border security funding, including $1.375 billion for 55 new miles of physical barriers in the most needed areas along the southwest border. The Senate and House will vote on the package this week, prior to the funding deadline of Friday, February 15. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby issued the following statement regarding the legislation:
“I am pleased that my fellow conferees and I were able to reach an agreement to secure the border and avoid another government shutdown. This legislation makes a significant down payment on the border wall and provides a bipartisan path forward to complete the remaining FY19 spending bills. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this package so we can demonstrate to the American people that we are here to work together and do our jobs.”
The funding measure contains FY2019 appropriations bills for Homeland Security; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
The following are links to the legislative text, explanatory statement, and summaries for each portion of the package:
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