Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson: No to Spending Bill- No Border Wall/ Sanctuary Cities Action

May 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted against H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for 11 annual Appropriations bills, providing $1.163 trillion to fund discretionary programs within the federal government through September 30, 2017, an increase of $14 billion from current law. Olson opposed the measure because it failed to include key priorities needed to develop needed border security.

“While there were some important provisions included in this bill, I could not support the overall bill as written,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “Texas is on the front lines in our quest to overcome eight years of failed immigration policies under President Obama. Now that we have a new president willing to tackle border security head on, Congress has a duty to provide the support his administration needs to get the job done. This bill does little to advance President Trump’s border wall priorities and continues to fund sanctuary cities, which endanger communities under siege from lawless policies. For these reasons, I was compelled to vote no. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the next spending bill to address these critical issues and advance the conservative priorities that a Republican Congress and White House were elected to do.”

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