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Power of the Purse: #DefundHate Rally
September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
The Constitution gives Congress the “power of the purse” but over the last several years, ICE and CBP have essentially written their own budget—raiding money from other government accounts, overspending, and disregarding congressional authority. It’s critical that Members of Congress ensure that basic guardrails are included in any funding bill to keep ICE and CBP spending within appropriated amounts. Before the $4.5B this administration received in June, 2019 to alleviate conditions for detainees at the border and elsewhere, the DHS budget was 40% higher than when the President took office.
We must send the message to Congress: DEFUND HATE! The appropriations bills must be passed on or before Sept 30. Iff there is no agreement on the appropriations, Congress must approve a Continuing Resolution (presumably until Dec 31, 2019) or that part of the government shuts down. It’s believed a continuing resolution is likely in this area.