Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden votes ‘no’ on Democrat funding bill that lacks adequate resources for border security, fails to provide long-term solution to government shutdown

January 15, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden votes ‘no’ on Democrat funding bill that lacks adequate resources for border security, fails to provide long-term solution to government shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consistent with his voting record on border security measures, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today voted against a Democratic short-term funding bill that lacked adequate resources to secure America’s borders and address illegal immigration.

“Strengthening border security is critical to America’s national security,” said Walden. “We should be taking concrete steps to thwart illegal immigration and secure our borders. Unfortunately, House Democrats instead chose to bring up legislation that ignores the national security threat at our southern border.”

On January 3, Walden also voted against a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that did not include additional resources to strengthen border security, including money to construct a physical barrier along the southern border.

Walden has separately voted to reopen several government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, Farm Service Agency, and others that employ thousands of people and conduct important work in Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

Walden said that “this partisan bill introduced by Democrats today fails to reopen the federal government as it will not be taken up in the Senate nor be signed into law by President Trump. This is not a serious legislative solution to the country’s border security challenges and the current government shutdown and it delays needed action on both issues.”

“I have repeatedly supported efforts to secure our borders with physical barriers, walls and technology, and will continue to do so,” said Walden. “We need to come together around serious proposals to boost border security and reopen the federal government rather than continue the political tactics exhibited by Democrats today.”