D.C. Diane: Out for Herself, Not Us

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D.C. Diane’s Immigration Votes

Voted Against Funding Border Security

On March 22nd, the House passed the final spending bill that funded the federal government for the remainder of FY 2018.  One of the most important items in the budget was the inclusion of $1.6 Billion to begin construction of President Trump’s wall along the southern border. As the House Appropriations Committee noted:

The legislation includes $1.571 billion for physical barriers and associated technology along the Southwest border.  This amount provides for more than 90 miles of “border wall system,” going beyond the Administration’s budget request for a total of 74 miles in fiscal year 2018.

President Trump heralded this funding noting that it was a vital first step in building the wall tweeting: “Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come – and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!”

Despite the important role the Omnibus played in funding the President’s Border Wall, Diane Black voted against the bill and the border wall funding.

Voted to Give Tennessee Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

On April 23, 2001, Rep. Black voted yes on Democratic Representative Mike Turner’s SB 1266 (found on page 921), a bill that offered driver’s licenses to people without social security numbers. From the bill text, this legislation: “Authorizes person without social security number to receive driver license; person must submit affidavit affirming that such person has never been issued social security number.”

In May of 2004, Diane Black voted in favor of SB 3430 (found on page 4061), a bill that provided for a one-year driver’s license to be issued to individuals who are unable to establish legal status. This was a gentle phaseout of the 2001 law that granted licenses to illegals she had previously supported.

Voted to Give Obama a Blank Check for His Amnesty

On December 11, 2014, Rep. Black voted yes on H.R. 83, the FY15 “Cromnibus” spending package. This resolution’s nickname was derived from the fact that this was a year-long omnibus for most parts of the government, but only provided the Department of Homeland Security with a continuing resolution until February. Most notably the resolution contained funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty, among other provisions that drew the ire of conservatives. The Heritage Foundation called it a “blank check for amnesty” because it funded DHS after President Obama enacted his executive amnesty orders.