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Rep. Miller Says House Passes Measure that Provides Funds for Frontline Border Security Operations

June 9th 2012   ·   12 Comments

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich), chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border and maritime security, said Thursday following passage of the fiscal year 2013 homeland security appropriations bill by the House that the bill strengthens America’s homeland security efforts while at the same time reducing government spending.

“Among the enumerated powers of the Constitution, providing for the common defense is, in my mind, the most important responsibility of this Congress. … A key part of the common defense is ensuring that we secure the nation’s borders and this appropriations bill provides the critical funding necessary to meet that mission,” Miller said.

“The funding in this bill prioritizes funding for security operations conducted by our Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agents – men and women who are on the front lines of our fight to secure the borders every single day,” Miller said. “They have a demanding task, work in tough conditions, and I want to thank them for their service to this nation. Additionally, the funding in this bill provides for $138 million to complete the deployment of the Secure Communities program which plays an essential role in identifying and removing dangerous criminals from our streets.”

Continuing, Miller said in a statement that, “While much of the discussion about border security is often focused on security threats at the southern and northern borders, both at and between the ports of entry, I think it is important to remember that we have a vast maritime border of over 12,000 miles of coastline. The US Coast Guard plays an important role in protecting our ports and shoreline, and I am pleased to see that the Coast Guard’s sixth National Security Cutter will be funded in this bill along with the materials for a seventh. Recapitalizing the aging cutter fleet is a priority and this bill goes a long way toward meeting the Coast Guard’s needs.”

Miller further stated that, “Every mile of border is different, and requires the right mix of technology, infrastructure, and personnel. The bill we passed today provides the necessary funding to help secure our nation’s borders by making smart investments and effectively implementing needed cost savings. The legislation now heads to the Senate where I hope they will act on this measure in a timely fashion.”

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Readers Comments (12)

  1. It would be about time. Hope it’s true!

  2. Greg Cochran says:

    what they say and what they do is always in shadows !

  3. If it has to go through the senate…….??????????????

  4. Well, that’s taxpayers money well spent. Just remember it has to go to the A$$hole Democratic controlled Senate so I doubt it will pass. Any bets??

  5. bet it doesn’t get thru the DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED SENATE !!!!!

  6. The demos won’t do anthing until after the elections, they don’t want to lose the latino vote.

  7. Actually, that’s a woman who pushed it through. But she’s a REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT all the same!

  8. If the Dems are “smart” they will …….

  9. Ralph Day says:

    If the Dems were smart, they would be Republicans

  10. NOT to be negative…but, the Senate AND Obama will NOT pass!

  11. Bill Cooper says:

    However, this action will keep the subject fresh in the minds of the voters when they visit the polls on November 6, 2012

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