Valley congressmen protect historic cemeteries in Homeland Security bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34), secured language in the FY20 Homeland Security Appropriations bill prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security from using funds to construct fencing within historic cemeteries, including the Eli Jackson Cemetery in San Juan, Texas. This success coincides with earlier appropriation bill language, that Congressman Cuellar ensured, which prevents the use of funding for bordering construction within state parks and wildlife centers. This bill passed full committee markup today and will move to the House and Senate floors for a vote later this summer.

In addition, Congressman Cuellar’s language in the FY20 Homeland Security Appropriations bill prohibits the use of funds to construct fencing in the following locations:

  • Within the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge;
  • Within the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park;
  • Within La Lomita Historical Park;
  • Within the National Butterfly Center;
  • Within or east of the Vista del Mar Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge; or
  • Within historic cemeteries.

See the bill language here.

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