Congressman Joyce Questions Secretary Mayorkas on Flawed DHS FY24 Budget Request

Mar 30, 2023

The Biden Administration’s budget request to Congress fails to provide needed resources to secure our Southern border and address the ongoing crisis.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman Dave Joyce (OH-14) questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his appearance before the Subcommittee, arguing that the Biden Administration has once again failed to produce a budget that will effectively secure the border.

“This proposal is unfortunately more disappointing than it is promising. This budget is full of gimmicks that mask the true cost of protecting the Homeland and make our job as appropriators even more difficult,” said Subcommittee Chairman Joyce in his opening remarks. “Now is not the time for budget gimmicks. For over two years we have seen skyrocketing illegal migration at the border. This policy-driven crisis continues for one reason, and one reason alone – this Administration is unwilling to publicly dissuade migrants from coming to the border, and to back that up with action under the authority it already has on the books. Bad policy drives bad outcomes, and the Biden Administration’s policies are undoubtedly driving our border security crisis. It is our job as appropriators to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and ensure we are not wasting money by supporting bad policies that don’t result in the desired outcomes.”

Secretary Mayorkas’ appearance before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security marks the third hearing chaired by Congressman Joyce this year. Earlier this week, Congressman Joyce led the Subcommittee’s questioning of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly and Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Congressman Joyce is responsible for leading House Republicans’ efforts to craft a Homeland Security budget that enhances border security, provides support to the Department’s workforce, and responsibly uses taxpayer money.

Congressman Joyce serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

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