Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on FY 2020 Appropriations Deal

December 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after voting no on H.R. 1865, the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act and H.R. 1158, DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act.

“Today, the House passed two bills that fail to hold this president accountable for his human rights abuses—both foreign and domestic. Rather than using our mandate for reform, the national security bill passed today maintains the status quo in foreign policy, giving the president a blank check to continue unwinnable wars, allows him to fund his racist border wall, andincreases funding for human rights abuses under ICE. This is simply unconscionable. It will have devastating impacts on our undocumented communities and further destabilize our foreign policy.  The second package maintains the global gag rule and the Hyde amendment, creates a backdoor way to eliminate aid and starve the Palestinian people, recognizes support for Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela and includes $1.3 billion in military funding for Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“The bills are not without positive provisions. I was proud to see three of my amendments included in the final package—including an amendment to combat corruption and impunity in the Northern Triangle, another to increase funding for HUD’s office of manufactured housing, and an amendment to stop Trump’s abuse of a clean energy loan program. As I said earlier, securing debt relief for Somalia is a major milestone for me, for the country and for U.S. engagement. I’m also heartened to see the bill includes increased funding for child care grants and community health centers—both of which will benefit the fifth district.

“But we cannot be satisfied with making progress if we are falling short on our core duty as elected officials.”