CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE URGES ACTION TO FIX DACA, PROTECT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND PROTECT CHILDREN
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March 28, 2018 202-225-3816
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Urges Action to Fix DACA, Protect the Special Counsel’s Russia Investigation and Protect Children
Jackson Lee: As I stated earlier this year, the opportunity to pass a federal spending bill must not come and go without ensuring that it includes protections for Dreamers, strengthens the rule of law, and protects our children. Because the Omnibus bill did not include these provisions, I could not support it.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, senior Member of the House Committees on Budget, Judiciary and Homeland Security, and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement regarding the passage of the FY2018 Omnibus spending bill:
“The Omnibus spending bill that passed Congress last week has much to commend it, including the fact that Congests has finally increased the caps on discretionary nondefense spending by $117 billion. While it is good that Congress has done this, it left unresolved many important problems that demand action.
“We must protect the country’s 800,000 DREAMERS—124,000 of whom are Texans—and our young people who were eligible for the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). We owe these young people a future and we owe them a solution. They are in this position through no fault of their own, and their situation has been exacerbated by the President’s self-inflicted and ill-advised decision to reverse their protected status. There is overwhelming bicameral, bipartisan support for a DACA fix. The time to find a solution for these young adults has long since passed. Congress must act to fix this mess now.
“Another priority, heavily supported by the American people but conspicuously left out of the budget bill, is the need to protect our democracy from foreign interference. Every day, the American people learn more and more about the role played by the Russians in the 2016 election, and the extent to which their efforts may have been aided and abetted by associates of the Trump campaign. Trump must be prevented from impeding this investigation so that we may fully learn how a foreign hostile power meddled in our democracy, and what we must do to safeguard against future such attacks. I have introduced legislation, H.R. 3654, to protect the Special Counsel which has the support of over 135 members of Congress. And Americans do not want this investigation impeded or obstructed by the President, or anyone else for that matter. A recent poll by Marist indicated that 69% of all Americans want this investigation completed. The best way to do this is for Congress to pass H.R. 3654, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and protect the rule of law.
“Every day, Americans are horrified by the scourge of gun violence plaguing our schools and communities. The victims and survivors from Parkland have awoken the nation’s conscience, as evidenced by the historic marches all over the country this past weekend. Unfortunately, the response from the Republicans in Congress has been to blame interagency discipline guidance protocols from the Obama Administration. The guidelines actually served to eliminate harm to students from unjustified discipline policies, which disproportionately affect young black and brown students. The need to protect these students of color, who already lose instructional time due to onerous school discipline policies, is manifest. Responding to school shootings by attacking school discipline policies is as effective as hoping that CPR will mend bodily organs ravaged by bullets from assault rifles. We must end gun violence now. Enough is enough.
“All of these issues could have been addressed by Congressional Republicans in the Omnibus spending bill, but were not. The Republican leadership refused to include these measures in the Omnibus. As I warned earlier this year, the opportunity to pass a federal spending bill must not come and go without ensuring that bill protects the rule of law, and protects our children, and that I would not support a bill that did not include these provisions. Because the Omnibus bill did not, I could not.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.