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Simpson Seeks Answers on Border Crisis from Harris

Simpson Seeks Answers on Border Crisis from Harris

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined Republican Members of the House Appropriations Committee requesting an update from Vice President Harris on the administration’s plans to address the staggering number of migrants illegally crossing the southwest border. 

The letter, signed by all 26 Republican members of the House Appropriation Committee, was delivered to Vice President Harris this afternoon. The letter expressed concerns over the President withholding border wall construction while the crisis at the border worsens.

“On his first day in office President Biden ordered a 60-day pause on border wall construction, that decision has engendered a crisis at our southern border,” said Congressman Simpson, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Our adversaries are seeing the mess at our southern border right now and are looking to take advantage of it.  Vice President Harris needs to explain how the Administration plans on addressing this humanitarian and national security crisis, because ignoring it isn’t working.”

Funding for the construction of the border wall was appropriated by the Congress as a result of bipartisan, bicameral negations, and yet construction remains paused. In addition to the construction pause, the Administration has proposed to cancel any unused border wall funding at the end of the fiscal year 2021, five months from now.

“This problem isn’t going away, and before the American people can people to get behind reasonable Immigration reform, they expect us to secure the border. That’s our job and we are currently failing it,” said Simpson.

A signed copy of the letter can be viewed HERE.