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House Votes to Slash Mayorkas’ Salary in Bold DHS Funding Bill

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to stop paying Alejandro Mayorkas his salary as Homeland Security Secretary.

Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) proposed an amendment to the House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020 that would prevent funds from being used for Mayorkas.

Only one Republican voted in opposition to the measure which passed with 193 votes to 17.

Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying a non-elected bureaucrat who was impeached in the House. Biggs wrote before the vote on X that he had sponsored an amendment in this year’s Homeland Security Appropriations Act prohibiting funding for DHS Secretary Mayorkas’ salary.

The second amendment, proposed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), to reduce Mayorkas salary to zero, failed in a vote of 208 to 200. On that measure, one Republican voted in favor.

Mayorkas has been a target of Republican legislators in the House, who blame him for the crisis that continues at the southern border.

House Republicans voted in February to impeach Mayorkas — the first Cabinet Secretary impeached since the late 1800s.

The DHS appropriations act gives the department a roughly $3 billion increase over fiscal year 2024.

The bill also includes 600 million dollars to complete the border wall of former President Trump and provisions that prevent funding from being used for transgender and abortion health care services for non-citizens in ICE custody.

Chip Roy (R-Texas) has also proposed an amendment that prohibits funds from being used for policies that keep asylum seekers in Texas during the processing of their claims.

The measure, led by Rep. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn. ), that was passed, would prevent DHS from implementing COVID-19 policies.

The appropriations act itself is expected to get a final voting on Friday. However, it is highly unlikely that the Democrat-led Senate will take up this bill.

The White House had already threatened to veto this measure if the bill reached President Biden.

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