Palazzo Opposes Amendment to Limit Gun Sales In Homeland Security Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement today following the Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations bill:
“The 2017 Homeland Security funding bill makes an incredibly strong investment in the defense of our country here at home. Not only does our legislation increase funds for border patrol and the Coast Guard, but it contains no funds for the President’s unconstitutional executive action on immigration and blocks its implementation pending judicial action.
“More importantly, Republicans on the Committee and I were successful in blocking a Democrat amendment to impose reckless gun control on the American people. This liberal agenda item was yet another attempt to take guns away from law-abiding Americans without due process. The Appropriations Committee has become the last line of defense against these types of liberal moves to take away our freedoms. I will always stand up for the Second Amendment on this committee, the House floor, or anywhere else liberal activists seek to take it away from us.”
The Homeland bill provides legislation directs $41.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill also includes $7.3 billion toward disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The committee voted down an amendment by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) by a 16-31 vote that would have allowed the Attorney General to deny a firearm purchase without due process of law.