White House Threatens To Veto DHS Funding Bill

The White House recently issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) threatening to veto a Republican plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amid an ongoing budget battle.

House Republicans recently introduced the “Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill,” which would fund DHS in 2024, remove “wokeness” from the department and restart construction of the southern border wall.

According to the Washington Examiner, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) initially reached an agreement to hold nondefense spending at 2023 levels, “a compromise that protected vital programs Americans rely on from draconian cuts House Republicans proposed,” the SAP states.

Biden instead called the new bill “partisan,” arguing that it reduces spending levels significantly below what was previously agreed to.

The White House’s statement also said that the prior agreement reached with McCarthy would have protected “legislative accomplishments” such as the Inflation Reduction Act, which Biden admitted had nothing to do with inflation.

“If the President were presented with H.R. 4367, he would veto it,” the statement reads, according to Just The News. “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 4367, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2024 and for other purposes.”

“In May, the Administration negotiated in good faith with the Speaker on bipartisan legislation to avoid a first-ever default and protect the Nation’s hard-earned and historic economic recovery,” it adds. “This negotiation resulted in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) of 2023, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and set spending levels for FYs 2024 and 2025.”

The SAP added that the GOP’s plan to increase spending for DHS would directly go against the White House’s policies on the LGBT community and climate change.

“These levels would result in deep cuts to climate change and clean energy programs, essential nutrition services, law enforcement, consumer safety, education, and healthcare,” the statement said.

The statement added that the funding plan would “endanger critical services for the American people,” while also “endangering marriage equality, hindering critical climate change initiatives, and preventing the Administration from promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

“The administration stands ready to engage with both chambers of the Congress in a bipartisan appropriations process to enact responsible spending bills that fully fund federal agencies in a timely manner,” the statement concludes. “If the president were presented with H.R. 4367, he would veto it.”