Veterans Bill, Homeland Security Funding, Up Next in Senate
‘The House-passed bill we’ll consider would do two things: fund the Department of Homeland Security, and rein-in executive overreach.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding passage of the Keystone jobs bill, the Clay Hunt Act and DHS funding:
“The Senate’s passage of the Keystone jobs bill is great news for the American people.
“Now, the Senate will soon turn its attention to a few different matters.
“First, we’ll be voting on a bipartisan measure that’s been championed by the Chairs of the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees.
“We lose thousands of our heroes every year to suicide. It’s a tragic situation, and Senators McCain and Isakson are leading efforts to do something about it. Their legislation would provide more of the mental-health and suicide-prevention support our veterans deserve. The measure already passed unanimously through the House of Representatives.
“Now we hope for a bipartisan outcome here on the Senate floor.
“The same should also be said of the second piece of legislation we’ll consider.
“It’s a debate that will challenge our colleagues on the other side with a simple proposition: do they think presidents, of either party, should have the power to simply ignore laws they don’t like?
“Will our Democrat colleagues work with us to defend key democratic ideals like separation of powers and the rule of law, or will they stand tall for the idea that partisan exercises of raw power are good things?
“The House-passed bill we’ll consider would do two things: fund the Department of Homeland Security, and rein-in executive overreach.
“That’s it. It’s simple. And there’s no reason for Democrats to block it.”
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