Wicker Statement on Homeland Security Funding Vote

Miss. Senator Reiterates Need to Rein In Executive Overreach

February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following statement regarding his vote against the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which was stripped of a provision to stop President Obama’s executive amnesty order:

“Today’s vote involved two important constitutional principles – the President's continued executive overreach, which violates our system of checks and balances, and the time-honored congressional power of the purse. Republican majorities will be compelled on a number of occasions to place restrictive language on appropriations bills during this term. This vote was the first opportunity to assert these principles.

“A federal court has ruled that the President’s actions are unlawful and has prohibited the President from implementing his order. I hope the appeals court upholds this ruling for the remainder of the fiscal year.”

Later today, the Senate is expected to pass a three-week continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The measure is expected to receive unanimous approval.