February 11, 2015

Sen. Warren: GOP Should Not Play Political Games with the Safety of the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - In a speech on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren urged Republicans to stop playing political games with the safety of the American people and to pass a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In her speech, Senator Warren highlighted a recent editorial in the Boston Globe, which said, "This game of political chicken has to end with the Republicans blinking. It's one thing to disagree with the president's executive actions, but it's another thing altogether to hold crucial funding for a wide range of security programs hostage."

Senator Warren said in her remarks, "Let's be clear: if Republicans in the Senate don't change course, they will shut down the Department of Homeland Security and compromise the safety of the American people. And they will have done it because a handful of extremists in the Republican party are angry at the President because he is trying to fix what we all know is a broken immigration system.

"Well if they're angry about the President's immigration policy, let's debate the President's immigration policy. Last Congress the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to address immigration. Let's debate that bill again - or, if they want to propose a new bill, let's vote on that. But don't play games with the safety of the American people."

Watch the Senator's remarks here.