NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Casts Vote to Shut Down Department of Homeland Security

Ayotte Playing Politics with National Security,
Seeks to Appease Tea Party with Shut Down Threats

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte voted today to appease her Tea Party base and threaten to shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ayotte and her fellow Tea Party Republicans did so in an attempt to advance unrelated policy riders, all at the expense of important agency resources that are used to protect our country from terrorism and respond to disasters.  
Homeland Security secretaries of both parties have called on Senators to stop playing politics and pass a clean DHS funding bill. 
“Kelly Ayotte’s decision to hold funding for national security hostage to appease her Tea Party base is Washington politics at its very worst,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Granite Staters deserve a Senator in Washington who will work across party lines to get things done, not shut down the agency responsible for protecting our nation and securing our borders in order to satisfy the Tea Party.”

A Bipartisan Group Of Former DHS Secretaries Called For Passage Of A Clean DHS Appropriations Bill To Avoid Risking Funding For Operations That Protect The American People. In a letter from former Department of Homeland Security Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. Who served under President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano, who served on President Obama, wrote: “As former U.S. Secretaries of Homeland Security, we write to you today to respectfully request that you consider decoupling critical legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 from a legislative response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. As recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the cyber-attacks on a major American corporation and on the U.S. Military’s Central Command remind us, the threats facing the U.S. are very real. The national security role that DHS plays, and by extension the funding that allows it to carry out its vital national security missions, is critical to ensuring that our nation is safe from harm. […] It is imperative that we ensure that DHS is ready, willing, and able to protect the American people. To that end, we urge you not to risk funding for the operations that protect every American and to pass a clean DHS funding bill.” [Letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Reid, 1/29/15]