Republican Tony Gonzales balks at bipartisan funding bill: ‘Count me out’

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) rejected a bipartisan spending deal to avoid a government shutdown, taking particular issue with the Department of Homeland Security funding legislation.

“I will be voting no tomorrow,” Gonzales wrote Thursday morning in a text message to the Washington Examiner.

The lawmaker said the so-called “minibus” of six appropriations bills did not include any policy changes that would address the border crisis, which has resulted in more than 8 million non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the country illegally since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.

“Throwing more $ at [the Department of Homeland Security] is like throwing gasoline on a West Texas fire,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales, a second-term lawmaker whose Texas district runs along 800 miles of the southern border, said his demands were not met by budget negotiators.

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