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Gianforte Urges Border Security Committee to Invest in Meaningful Physical Barriers

January 30, 2019
Press Release

The conference committee tasked to resolve border security after the partial government shutdown meets today for the first time.

Ahead of the committee’s initial meeting, Congressman Greg Gianforte spoke on the House floor, urging committee members to secure the border with a wall and other substantial barriers.

“Having seen the border crisis firsthand,” Gianforte said. “I urge those lawmakers [on the border security conference committee] to listen to border patrol agents, fund meaningful physical barriers, and secure our borders.”

Gianforte recounted his recent trip to the southern border, including his meetings with border patrol agents.

“We must give border patrol agents the tools they need to get the job done. They told me they need more equipment to detect drugs and better body armor. Border patrol agents also told me they need a wall. They know walls work. Congress should listen to them,” Gianforte said.

Gianforte toured the southern border in Arizona on January 20 and 21.

Appropriations committee members from the House and Senate make up the border security conference committee. There are six House Democrats, four House Republicans, four Senate Republicans, and three Senate Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).


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Gianforte’s remarks as prepared:

Madam Speaker, the federal government has fully reopened, and federal employees are back to work. While the shutdown is over, the crisis at the border remains.

I recently toured the southern border in Arizona. Ranchers and border patrol agents told me about the challenges they face because of open borders. I saw short, weak barbed-wire fences that line our border. I learned more about how violent cartels profit from our porous borders, from human trafficking to flooding drugs into our communities.

Congress has an obligation to secure the border.

We must give border patrol agents the tools they need to get the job done. They told me they need more equipment to detect drugs and better body armor. Border patrol agents also told me they need a wall. They know walls work. Congress should listen to them.

Tomorrow, the conference committee tasked with border security will meet for the first time. Having seen the border crisis firsthand, I urge those lawmakers to listen to border patrol agents, fund meaningful physical barriers, and secure our borders.