June 27, 2019
Dear Democratic Colleague,
It is my belief that our country is at a moment of truth in acting upon our values with the policies we present. I am proud of the work of our Appropriations Committee in the House in passing a bill that received overwhelming Democratic support on Tuesday.
The current situation on the border is shameful and does not reflect our values. We don’t need anyone, especially the U.S. Senate, to tell us what the needs are at the border. Our Members are very well-versed and excellent representatives of the regions that are affected. But we want to find a path to improve the conditions under which we are addressing and ministering to the needs of children and families there.
We are gravely disappointed in the actions taken by the Senate in opposing regular order of Congress.
We will continue to fight for our values and priorities in our legislation and beyond. Our strongest ally in getting a better policy than that which was passed by the Republican Senate is public opinion. The American people constantly question, “Why aren’t we doing a better job to respect the dignity and worth of the children, the children, the children?”
The children come first. At the end of the day, we have to make sure that the resources needed to protect the children are available. Therefore, we will not engage in the same disrespectful behavior that the Senate did in ignoring our priorities. In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill.
As we pass the Senate bill, we will do so with a Battle Cry as to how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth.
Thank you for your continued leadership to protect families, honor our values and keep America safe.