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House Funds Southern Border Wall, Passes "Make America Secure Appropriations Act"

WASHINGTON – Yesterday U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) helped pass the Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018 (H.R. 3219), which fully funds the president’s budget request of $1.6 billion to secure the southern border. The appropriations bill passed the House by a vote of 235-192.

“Congress’s first and most important responsibility is the safety and security of our citizens, and that begins at our borders,” said Rep. Bill Shuster. “This bill fully funds President Trump’s budget request for securing our nation’s southern border, a major priority of mine. A nation is nothing without total control over the sovereignty of its borders, and this is a landmark step towards curbing our country’s illegal immigration and security gaps which risk American lives.”

During floor debate, Congressman Shuster continued leading the fight against premature base realignment and closures (BRAC), a process that could negatively affect Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County and other military installations in Pennsylvania. While Letterkenny remained open through the latest round in 2005, the depot has lost thousands of jobs through BRAC rounds. There continues to be growing appetite for a round of BRAC in Congress, despite the last round failing to show tangible cost savings. An amendment cosponsored by Congressman Shuster prohibiting BRAC was adopted into the annual appropriations bill.

H.R. 3219 also includes language allowing the Department of Energy to withdraw from the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” rule, an Obama administration power grab attempt that Representative Shuster has opposed since its inception.