Immigration

published : 2023-09-16

House Funding Bill Aims to 'Remove the Woke' at DHS and Restart Border Wall Construction

The appropriations bill comes ahead of a looming shutdown later this month

A photo of Representative Ryan Zinke, taken with a Nikon D850 camera.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee says that the chamber's Department of Homeland Security appropriation bill is centering around border security — particularly restarting border wall construction — to combat the ongoing crisis at the southern border, as well as cutting spending and getting rid of funding sources aligned with 'woke' ideology.

Representative Ryan Zinke, a Republican from Montana, stated in an interview with Fox News Digital that the bill includes several Republican priorities. It increases funding for wall construction along the southern border by over $2 billion and requires the allocated funds to be used for construction within 120 days.

The Trump-era wall project, which had been halted by the Biden administration, still has some ongoing construction due to language in previously approved appropriations bills. However, Republicans see restarting the border wall as a top priority in this legislation.

In addition to funding for wall construction, the bill also allocates resources to hire 22,000 Border Patrol agents and invest $228 million in border security technology.

An image of a section of the border wall under construction, captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera.

The bill also includes provisions to prevent funding for 'gender-affirming care' for illegal immigrants in detention and restrict funding for diversity, equality, and inclusion programs, including those that incorporate critical race theory.

The bill will undergo an amendment process, but Representative Zinke expects it to remain largely unchanged. He believes it is a good bill that aligns with conservative goals of fiscal responsibility and addressing perceived 'woke' ideologies.

While the bill is expected to pass in the House, it faces challenges in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Representative Zinke expressed doubt that the Senate will approve the bill, criticizing the chamber as resistant to change and too reliant on pork-barrel spending.

The bill's release comes amidst the threat of a government shutdown if funding is not secured by the September 30 deadline. Representative Zinke emphasized the importance of passing appropriations bills instead of relying on short-term stopgap measures like continuing resolutions.

A snapshot of Border Patrol agents patrolling the southern border, taken with a Sony Alpha a7III camera.

He argued that elected officials need to fulfill their duty of appropriations and make the tough decisions necessary to avoid a government shutdown.

In conclusion, the House funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security focuses on border security, including restarting border wall construction. It also aims to cut spending and eliminate funding sources associated with 'woke' ideology. While the bill faces challenges in the Senate, its passage is crucial to prevent a government shutdown and fulfill the responsibility of appropriations.