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Congressman Biggs Leads Letter about Anti-Border Security Measures in the NDAA

June 19, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Andy Biggs led a letter to House Armed Services Committee leadership urging their opposition to any anti-border security measures in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar, W. Gregory Steube, Jodey Arrington, Markwayne Mullin, Glenn Grothman, Debbie Lesko, Andy Harris, Ted Budd, Tom Tiffany, Randy Weber, Michael Cloud, Gregory F. Murphy, Ben Cline, Jody Hice, Chip Roy, Michael Guest, Steve King, Greg Gianforte, Ron Wright, Ken Buck, and Jim Hagedorn co-signed this letter. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:

“The NDAA is generally a bipartisan piece of legislation. After all, this legislation is meant to support our servicemembers and strengthen our national security. However, last year the Democrat-led House passed a partisan bill that included provisions that would have emasculated our security operations on our southern border. Thankfully, those provisions were eliminated from the final bill. 

It is my hope that Democrats will put aside their disdain for President Trump’s agenda and work with us to produce legislation for the annual NDAA that will keep our border secure and our nation safe.”

Read the text of the letter below:

June 18, 2020

The Honorable Adam Smith
House Armed Services Committee
2116 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Mac Thornberry
Ranking Member
House Armed Services Committee
2216 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry, 

As you begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, we urge to not include any provisions that undermine security operations on our southern border.

Last year, the House passed H.R. 2500, which included three provisions that would have made it extremely difficult for the Department of Defense (DOD) to defend our country. Section 1044 would have prohibited DOD from deploying servicemembers to the border to assist United States Customs and Border Protection Officials in border security operations. Sections 1046 and 2801 would have prohibited the use of DOD counterdrug programs and military construction funds to build a border wall, fence, or other physical barrier along the southern border. 

Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue to threaten our Border Patrol agents and the livelihoods of our border ranchers. Securing our border is necessary if we are to ever stop the onslaught of drug and human trafficking, and terrorists on the border. 

The construction of a wall is a crucial component to managing the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. It will help deter the drug cartels and the tens of thousands of people who risk their lives attempting to cross our border illegally. 

The coronavirus outbreak will end; however, the threats at our southern border will remain for the long term if our inaction continues. We hope you understand the severity of this crisis and urge your opposition to any anti-border security measures.