I was never more ashamed of our Congress than I was yesterday with the fiasco of keeping Homeland Security funded. The Republicans, Tea Party and Democrats once again played the game of bringing the government to a halt by not funding Homeland Security.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of our most important departments in the government and is charged with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. A partial shutdown would require 30,000 staff to be put on furlough and require 170,000 essential personnel to keep working without pay.
Homeland Security was set up during a Republican administration in order to keep our country safe from any terrorist threat that comes up to harm our country and its people. And in case you don’t know they have stopped many times incidents of terrorism before they could be executed causing harm to your life, my life, and thousands of American lives.
The Homeland Security Department also includes the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s a very important Department and what Congress did yesterday to keep from funding this department for pure political reasons was just appalling.
Funding this department for 3 weeks, turned into 2 weeks and late last night they managed to get this department funded for 7 days. The House and Senate were playing football to gain the upper hand to avoid the partial shutdown of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This seems to happen every time funding comes up, yet the difference this time is that we have a problem going on with ISIS that could cause great harm to our country.
House Republicans insist that any long-term Homeland Security spending bill must block Obama’s November orders shielding 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportations. Democrats oppose any move to link the agency’s funding with immigration policy, and Obama has said he would veto legislation that would undo his action on immigration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, agreed with Democrats that the Senate would address the dispute on immigration policy in a separate bill. This is all fairly responsible but not for the House oh, no, no, no.
All of this took me to the point yesterday of tearing up my Democratic Party membership card. And I am sure most of my readers know how I feel about the Republican Party.
Funding of Homeland Security is vital to our country’s safety and when the two parties start this game uses Homeland Security as the football that does not set right with me. Homeland Security protects me and my family and they can’t when the Congress is fighting over funding of this Department.
All I can imagine is what our allies and other countries are thinking when they read about yesterday’s Congress Bowl which ended in a tie ballgame and looked very foolish when they refused to play fair and all I can say right now is shame on you Congress, shame on you! I am going to play a new game – pay all Americans for their vote next election – now just stop and think about that.
The Democrats can also stop sending me tons of spam everyday asking for funding – I am not even going to go there – I just don’t know who is getting my $5 yet!