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Roe: 'What's going on at the border is tough'

Hank Hayes • Apr 10, 2019 at 8:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe weighed in Wednesday on the change in leadership at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the surge of migrants at the southern border.

“I know then-Secretary (Kristjen) Nielsen (who has resigned), shows it was a very, very tough job,” Roe, R-Tenn., said in a conference call with reporters. “I don’t know the issue with … the Secret Service head (who was fired by President Trump). I think it had something to do with what happened out at Mar-A-Lago, with this woman getting in there with electronic equipment who was basically a spy. … What’s going on at the border is tough. We’re going to do a town hall in the next couple weeks at home just on immigration and hear what’s on people’s minds about that issue. … Problems are still the same and getting worse. Over 100,000 people last month came into the country that we apprehended. … I don’t know how many actually got in here. … They think that as the weather warms up, it’s going to get worse. The president has tried about everything he can try to get the funding he needs to secure our border. I certainly want to help him do that.”

Roe also addressed these questions:

The House voted to restore net neutrality rules. Will it pass in the Senate?

“To me, this is a solution looking for a problem. We’ve had with the internet open free market internet with absolutely unthinkable progress has been made in the last 20-25 years. An example I would give you is Google, Instagram, Twitter. … Amazon is the largest retailer in the world occurred with the current law. I noted that in our motion to recommit and continue the current free market access to the internet, 13 Democrats voted with us. … What this bill didn’t do, and it’s going nowhere in the Senate, is it didn’t have anything for what people are concerned about which is the control of access or censorship. Facebook and Twitter have been doing that. ... It will go nowhere in the Senate.”

Should the president have to release his tax returns?

“I think that’s optional. … The thing that you ought to be sure of is that you don’t use the tax return to weaponize the IRS. I didn’t realize this until I was told that all presidents’ tax returns and vice presidents’ are audited. … We have to in the House release every year in May or June your own … all your holdings. … I have nothing to do with my investments and my retirement. We have to report every transaction that occurs.”

What’s going on with federal spending?

“The Democrats, this year, have decided they aren’t going to do a budget and that’s their discretion. They can do that, but we still have to agree how much money we’re going to spend. The caps they have brought up are pretty high. If we don’t do that, it goes back to the Budget Control Act of 2011. … I knew this was going to be a tough fight when it came up.”

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