Rep. Paul Gosar said after the vote, “The House already did our job more than 6 weeks ago and fully funded the Department of Homeland Security. Democrats waited till the last minute and played parliamentary tricks and refused to even debate the House passed bill.”
“At its core, this debate is about President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and I refuse to violate the oath of office that I took as a Representative of the people to uphold our Constitution,” continued Gosar.
“Now, Republicans must stand for something or we will fall for everything. If we do not stop this dangerous precedent of a lawless executive branch, we risk diminishing the institution of Congress and the indispensable separation of powers granted to us by our founders, “concluded Gosar.
Rep. Matt Salmon said, “How did we get here? A month and a half ago, the House passed a funding bill for DHS. Senate Democrats blocked that bill from even being considered. Here we are on the cusp of a lapse in funding, and the Senate still refuses to pass the bill that already cleared the House. As far as manufactured crises go, this one rests solely on the Senate Democrats.”
Rep. Raul Grijalva was the only Arizona delegate who failed to cast a vote.