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Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2014

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CARTER. Mr. Speaker, this is a good bill. It's a strong bill. This bill focuses on securing the homeland, protecting our citizens against terrorist acts like the one that we experienced in Boston, and we've talked about it for the last 3 days.

Mr. Speaker, this motion is unnecessary. This bill specifically addresses the events in Boston by the following:

Adding an additional 1,600 CBP officers, increasing the funding for watch-listing for the 3rd year in a row, increasing visa enforcement; increasing first responder grants by $400 million for a total of $2.5 billion--more than adequate funding to help equip and train first responders, and doubling the amount for bomb prevention. And the bill already has more than $30 million in pre-disaster mitigation grants.

This bill was constructed in a bipartisan fashion, garnering unanimous support at the subcommittee and full committee levels, and has earned praise from both sides of the aisle and here on the House floor.

This bill is not contentious. It fulfills one of the most basic duties of the Members of Congress: keeping our Nation safe.

Let's not focus on politics today. Let's focus on constitutional responsibility to provide for the safety for all who live in our wonderful country.

Mr. Speaker, it's time to apply the lessons learned from recent terrorist attacks, reject this flawed motion, and vote on this important bill. Vote ``yes'' on the important bill.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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