- 4 hours ago 63 sharesThis morning, Americans woke up to a picture of a 25-year-old father lying face down holding his infant daughter. They both drowned crossing the Rio Grande River. The border policies implemented by this Administration have life or death consequences. Congress should be doing everything in its power to make sure that our southern border is safe and secure and that asylum seekers are treated with dignity and respect.
I share the horror of my constituents in Maryland about the squalid and inhumane conditions in which children are being held at the border. We have an obligation to provide resources to ensure the safety of these children. But this Administration has demonstrated only callousness towards migrants seeking asylum at our border, and we have an obligation as a coequal branch of government with the power of the purse to ensure that the resources we provide are spent responsibly and deliver real care. While I appreciate the guardrails that Senators Leahy and Shelby negotiated in this bill, I believe that the House-passed package has stronger restrictions that will better protect children and families at the border.
Also, as I said to my colleagues when we marked up this bill, I have serious concerns with this Administration’s repeated practice of transferring funding from the purpose that we appropriate to meet its own ends. Today, a group of constituents stopped by my office seeking reassurance that this funding would not be used for interior enforcement. They were understandably fearful of the President’s threats of widespread raids and mass deportations. While this bill prohibits transfers within DHS on this supplemental funding, I cannot fully reassure my constituents because the Administration could still transfer other FY19 funds to support its draconian immigration agenda.
I have visited the border, and I have seen the tragedy the President’s policies have created there. His family separation policy is a dark mark on our nation’s history. His Justice Department has argued that toothbrushes, soap, and even sleep are not necessary for the wellbeing of children. It is clear that Congress cannot simply trust this Administration to do the right thing.
I urge my colleagues to work to include the stronger House-passed restrictions to protect children’s safety, and to strengthen restrictions on reprogramming as we continue our appropriations process.
Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Legislation to Address Root Causes of Central American Migration | U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico7 hours ago 46 sharesCommunities like Las Cruces have shown incredible care and generosity in providing needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers at our border. But the administration's policies have worsened the situation and put a strain on local resources. That’s why the New Mexico delegation is requesting that local governments and organizations that are providing such badly-needed humanitarian assistance get help. Our border communities shouldn’t have to shoulder this weight on their own.
It is clear that New Mexico has become ground zero for the consequences of this administration’s failed approach to Central America, immigration, and border security policy. Instead of doubling down on these counter-productive policies – demonizing asylum seekers fleeing violence, and focusing on ineffective political symbols – we urgently need to address the root causes of migration from Central America. That’s why I’ve introduced the Central America Reform And Enforcement Act. You can read more about my legislation here:
- 5 hours agoToday 37 Democrats stood with us to support the President's sanctions surge against the Iranian regime.
During debate for the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations spending bill, I offered a Motion to Recommit to boost support for the Office of Terrorism & Financial Intelligence. This office plays a major role in countering national security threats and is responsible for utilizing financial tools - like sanctions - against bad actors and terrorists.
The motion passed. By providing President Trump with the resources needed to hold bad actors accountable, we’re supporting his effort to avoid war.
- 4 hours ago 53 shares“As one of his colleagues proposes wiping out all college debt for 45-million Americans, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley asks — where will that end? Wipe out all home mortgages? ‘The federal government is encouraging people to get in debt by a law that says you have to tell kids the maximum amount they can borrow, so presumably, they do,’ Grassley says. ‘My ‘Know Before You Owe’ bill would do away with that requirement.’ Under that measure, Grassley says students would only be encouraged to borrow what they’d need for tuition, books, fees, and room and board — and not the thousands of dollars more,” Radio Iowa News reported.
- 4 hours ago 9 sharesThree years ago, Russia meddled in our elections. This is a fact, whether the President wants to acknowledge it or not. He and his GOP cronies, rather than taking action to combat this huge problem, put their heads in the sand for years and did nothing to improve election security. Their inaction was un-American, reckless, and truly dangerous.
But now, with a Democratic Majority in the House, Congress is finally confronting the threat posed by foreign entities to our democracy.
Duckworth, Young Introduce Bill to Provide TSA Pre?® to Disabled Veterans | U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois5 hours ago 29 sharesMany Veterans have sacrificed a great deal in service to our nation and returned home with service-connected disabilities. For those of us who rely on prosthetics and wheelchairs for mobility, air travel and passing through airport security can be a challenge. I’m proud to join with Senator Todd Young to introduce bipartisan legislation to make TSA Pre✓® available at no cost to Veterans with disabilities, which will make flying and passing through airports a little easier and less intrusive. You can read more about our bill here ⬇️
- 4 hours agoWe need these agencies working together, and we have to find a way to break down any barriers that are preventing them from doing that. Because, right now, what we have is a system that's breaking down, and when that happens it is ultimately the kids who are hurt the most.
- 4 hours ago 20 sharesThere is so much work to be done to ensure Alabama moms receive the care they deserve. Myra’s story is a horrible, horrible travesty. What is perhaps most gut wrenching is that her story is not the only one.
I shared Myra’s story today in the Ways & Means Committee to highlight the need for increased research into the maternal and infant mortality crisis our country.
- 4 hours ago 34 sharesInnocent children are suffering at the border – here on American soil. I just voted to provide $4.5 billion in emergency funding to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border and meet the needs of vulnerable families and children fleeing violence in their home countries while staying true to American values. We must not be silent to the horrors these children are enduring!
House passes $4.5 billion emergency border aid bill with provisions for the treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody4 hours ago 23 sharesThe inhumane conditions that immigrant children and families are being forced to live in is appalling.
Congress has a moral and an ethical responsibility to take action, and I'm glad the House passed legislation tonight to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and bring food, medical services and other essentials to immigrants, who have been living in these conditions.