Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Pelosi Puts Politics Before Government Shutdown and Permanent Solution for DREAMers and TPS

Jan 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after he testified before the House Rules Committee on his four amendments that include $5.7 billion in border security, the most recent version of the DREAM bill presented by House Democrats, and a permanent solution for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries with status nearing expiration.

“Earlier this evening, I presented four amendments to four different bills in the House Rules Committee that would provide funding to secure our border and offer a permanent solution for DREAMers and those with expiring Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Democratic leadership is so focused on political gimmickry, they refused to even allow consideration of amendments that would reopen the government and resolve an issue they claim is one of their top priorities. Just last year, Speaker Pelosi spent eight hours on the House floor, demanding a vote on a DREAMer bill. Yet, here I am, giving her not one, not two, not three, but FOUR opportunities to help DREAMers, and she is handily rejecting them all. Sadly, this is not the first time the rhetoric of Democratic leadership does not align with their actions.

“Every day that passes, this shutdown becomes more damaging, hurting hundreds of thousands of federal workers, as well as Americans across the country that rely on government programs affected by the lapse in funding. Speaker Pelosi: let’s put aside the political games, reopen the government, secure our border, and give permanent, legal status to DREAMers and TPS beneficiaries.”