BLACKBURN CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF HOUSE BORDER SECURITY BILL, COSPONSORS EARMARK REFORM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) offered strong support today for Congressional action on both a border security bill and a measure to increase transparency in earmark funding.
The House began debate on H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act and H.Res. 1000, Earmark Reform in the House of Representatives.
"The Secure Fence Act is a result of our Congress on the Road border security hearings," Blackburn said. "Our hearings confirmed that every town is a border town and every state is a border state. I've been an advocate for a security first approach and I believe we're seeing that argument progress. Americans want to see the sort of border wall and technology necessary to halt illegal entry into this country. The House hears the American people and our law enforcement, and we're committed to doing the right thing. I hope the President and the Senate will embrace the bill and our approach. Those across the aisle who have sat back and avoided this issue ought to finally join us. This is responsible and it's a matter of national security. The Act provides for 700 miles of fencing, increases in surveillance, and requires the Department of Homeland Security to give border personnel the authority to disable fleeing vehicles."
"I cosponsored the reform to bring more transparency to the project funding process," Blackburn said. "Listing earmarks by member name will make it easier for members and constituents to review spending and that's a positive change."