GOP Reps Seek To Cut Homeland Security Secretary’s Pay To $1

( – In the House, GOP representatives are suggesting a change that would significantly cut the salary of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to a symbolic $1, intensifying their criticism of him due to the challenges at the southern border.

Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) aim to incorporate this modification into the funding bill for Homeland Security. This move relies on the Holman rule, a mechanism allowing the adjustment of federal official salaries. 

Numerous Republicans have voiced concerns about Mayorkas, attributing the heightened migrant occurrences at the southern border to the policies of the present administration. The suggested amendment clearly mentions, “No funds provided by this Act should be allocated to pay a salary to Secretary Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas that is more than $1.”

Tenney told Fox News Digital, “Secretary Mayorkas should not benefit from significant taxpayer dollars when he’s been perceived as not effectively safeguarding our borders.” She adds that, in her view, there have been many unauthorized border crossings since President Biden took office.

She commented, “If the President doesn’t hold him accountable, his earnings should mirror perceived shortcomings.”

Roy added, “The border situation needs resolution. There’s no reason the public should fund an official who isn’t fulfilling their responsibilities.” He praised Tenney for partnering with him in this initiative to restore border control.

Other supporters of this amendment encompass Reps. Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and others.

This move continues GOP’s concerns about the administration’s response to the migrant situation, which has witnessed unparalleled activities at the border and posed political challenges, with areas like New York City and Chicago experiencing impacts.

Republicans attribute these challenges to certain administrative decisions, like overturning policies from the Trump administration related to border security and the handling of migrants.

Some GOP members advocate for Mayorkas’ removal, while the Homeland Security Committee in the House claims he has intentionally neglected his responsibilities. Being an outspoken critic, Roy has even suggested halting DHS funding until border concerns are addressed. Concurrently, some conservatives advocate for comprehensive reforms to border and asylum policies.

On the other hand, the Biden administration has defended Mayorkas against GOP criticisms. They argue the need for increased funding and a broad immigration reform to overhaul a system they view as outdated. The proposed legislation, which includes a route to citizenship for several undocumented immigrants, hasn’t found favor with the Republicans.

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