U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to avert a shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year:
“I’m glad the House finally joined the Senate in passing a bill to fund DHS and ensure our communities and our border are protected. Shutting down DHS — as some House Republicans advocated — would have had serious safety and economic consequences for New Mexico, disrupting border trade, forcing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia to close, and causing over 2,000 employees in New Mexico alone to go without pay.
“Funding for national security and the many other important government programs is critical to our safety and our economy. We can’t keep governing by threats and shutdowns. New Mexicans expect better, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to do everything I can to improve the way government and Congress work, including getting back to one of our most important jobs — passing regular funding bills.”