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Rep. Roybal-Allard Officially Named Chair of DHS Appropriations Subcommittee

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Washington, January 24, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
The House Democratic Caucus has officially named Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) as Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the 116th Congress.  The news makes Congresswoman Roybal-Allard the first Latina in American history to chair a House Appropriations Subcommittee.  Her selection as an Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, or “Cardinal,” was approved by the House Democratic Caucus, based on the recommendation of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee.  Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has been a member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee since its creation in 2003, and has served as the Subcommittee’s top Democrat since 2015.

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard issued the following statement about her new position:

“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to serve as the new chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and as the first Latina Appropriations Subcommittee Chair in our nation’s history.  We are at a deeply consequential moment for our subcommittee and for DHS.  The department faces urgent funding demands on many fronts, and the Trump Administration has too often demanded cruel, ineffective, and wasteful policies that simply do not help us keep America safe.

“Our Department of Homeland Security is facing critical challenges – most immediately, the department’s closure due to the Trump Shutdown, which is endangering our nation’s security and forcing DHS workers to go without pay.  As DHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, I will keep fighting to end the shutdown and ensure our federal workers get the back pay they deserve.  I will keep fighting for humane immigration policies that secure our borders, hold our agencies accountable for mistreatment of migrants, keep families together, end child detention, reduce the number of detention beds, and create a path to citizenship.  I will keep fighting to add more agents at our ports of entry, and to improve our border technology.  I will keep fighting for a robust Coast Guard fleet, so we can be sure our interests in U.S. waters are protected.  I will keep fighting to strengthen our aviation security, our Secret Service, and our cybersecurity system.  I will keep fighting for DHS grants to support our state and local public safety officials.  I will keep fighting to ensure that every component of our department is heard and respected – and that they conduct themselves with the utmost decency and spend taxpayer dollars wisely.”

“I thank our Speaker Nancy Pelosi, our Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and our Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey for their support and their partnership in the work before us.  I look forward to working with them and with the members of the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, including Ranking Member Chuck Fleischmann, to ensure our Department of Homeland Security has the resources and guidance it needs to protect our country and reflect American values.”

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