Posted on February 14, 2019
*Alexander spoke today with Harris Faulkner of Fox News’ Outnumbered Overtime about the bill. Click HERE or on the photo above for video.*
WASHINGTON, February 14, 2019 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after voting for legislation to provide increased border security at our Southern border and fund the government:
“In his State of the Union address, the president did a good job of establishing the need for increased border security. In this bill, Congress responds with $22 billion for border security, which includes 55 new miles of physical barrier or wall on the southern border, an increase of 5,000 detention beds, and funding for technology and more border agents. There are also funds to secure the ports of entry, through which so much of drug traffic travels.
“This is a significant down payment on border security and a response to a major national problem. I congratulate Chairman Shelby, Senator Leahy and the committee for producing this result, and I hope the president signs it.”
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 83-16.