Congressman Introduces Bill to Make the Feds PAY – But for What?
(RepublicanPress.org) – In March 2021, Governor Greg Abbott created Operation Lone Star to prevent criminal activities at the border and stop migrants from illegally crossing into Texas. On June 17, Representative Pat Fallon (R-TX) introduced a bill that would require the federal government to reimburse the Lone Star State for the expense of running the operation.
The Texas lawmaker stated the expense of border security should not fall on the shoulders of his state but is the responsibility of the Department of Defense (DOD). The Lone Star Reimbursement Act would essentially be a bill from Fallon’s home state to the Biden administration for the nearly $1.5 billion it has spent so far on securing the US border.
🚨I've joined @RepPatFallon in introducing the LONE STAR REIMBURSEMENT ACT.
Texas has spent nearly $1.5 billion on border security – a responsibility that should NOT fall on Texans.
Our plan sends the invoice for the border crisis where it belongs: the President’s desk. pic.twitter.com/Qmt89BkE7z
— Rep. August Pfluger (@RepPfluger) June 21, 2022
Several Texas lawmakers co-sponsored the bill, including Representatives Ronny Jackson (R-TX), August Pfluger (R-TX), Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Congressman Jake Ellzey (R-TX), another supporter of the measure, stated the Biden administration has failed at the border, and his inaction is putting American lives in danger. Fallon agreed, saying national security is a federal issue and not the responsibility of Texas simply because of its position on the map.
Since its inception, Operation Lone Star has reportedly led to the arrest of a whopping 134,000 immigrants and denied entry to another 16,700. Despite the bill’s support, Fallon doesn’t think his legislation will even make it to the House floor with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in charge.
Do you think the government should pick up the tab for the Texas operation at the border?
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