WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) voted to fund the needs of border patrol officials to address the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. The bill passed the Senate with a substantial bipartisan majority of 84-4, providing $4.59 billion in funds.
“The humanitarian crisis on the border has reached a critical breaking point. It is about time that my colleagues across the aisle finally acknowledged the severity of this heartbreaking situation,” said Senator Blackburn. “When I visited the El Paso sector earlier this month, I was devastated to witness just how dire this situation has become. There are children suffering from horrific diseases, including tuberculosis and measles. Housing facilities are overwhelmed with migrant families in limbo between two countries. Border Patrol is begging Congress to provide them with the resources they need to ensure the safety of our citizens. It is my hope that this critical vote was just the first step we will take to address this urgent crisis and secure the sovereignty of our nation.”
Earlier this month, Senator Blackburn spoke on the Senate floor about her trip to meet with officials at the Southern border. She wrote an op-ed in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about the importance of finding a solution to the border crisis.