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Congressman Paul Mitchell

Representing the 10th District of Michigan

Mitchell on Emergency Supplemental Vote

June 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after voting last night against the partisan Democrat bill: H.R. 3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act:


“House Democrats should stop playing partisan games. This bill falls woefully short of addressing the very real humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” said Mitchell. “The bill does not provide adequate funding for immigration judges and related resources to handle the influx of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our country. It fails to fund investigations into human traffickers smuggling children who are not related to them. Further, this bill restricts the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to pay its employees - many of whom are working overtime. Last night, my Democrat colleagues were presented yet another opportunity to pay the overtime for those men and women who are working tirelessly along the border to address the humanitarian crisis, but instead they voted no to placate a vocal minority in their caucus.


Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee nearly unanimously passed a bipartisan border supplemental package that will provide the flexibility and funding the government needs to address the security and humanitarian crisis on the border, while ensuring that migrants receive the shelter, food, and care they need. While the Senate bill is not perfect, it is far better than what was voted on last night in the House. I urge House Democrat leadership to bring this bipartisan bill up for a vote in the House.”