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Amid the ongoing crisis along America's southern border, some GOP lawmakers are pushing a proposal to slash Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayoraks' salary to just $1.
The amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill was introduced by GOP Reps. Claudia Tenney of New York and Chip Roy of Texas, according to a press release that also lists cosponsors including Reps. Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Russell Fry of South Carolina, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Bill Posey of Florida, Carol Miller of West Virginia, Ryan Zinke of Montana, Harriet Hageman of Wyoming, Beth Van Duyne of Texas, and Nicole Malliotakis of New York.
"None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay Secretary Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas a salary that exceeds $1," the amendment reads, according to Fox News Digital.
"Today, I introduced an amendment with Congressman Chip Roy to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to invoke the Holman Rule against Secretary Mayorkas for his failure to secure our border and make his salary $1. If the President refuses to fire him for his dereliction of duty, his salary must reflect his failures," Tenney said, according to her press release.
According to data posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, there has been a notable and sustained uptick in the monthly number of southwest land border encounters since President Joe Biden took office.
"The American people have no obligation to keep paying a federal official who refuses to do his job and uphold his oath, and that's why we should zero out Mayorkas' salary. I'm glad to work with Rep. Tenney in this fight to regain operational control of the border," Roy said, according to Tenney's press release.
Roy has been calling for a government funding showdown over the border crisis, advocating for lawmakers to withhold funding for DHS until steps are taken toward securing the border.
"Simply put, no member of Congress should agree to fund a federal agency at war with his state and people. We have a moral obligation to protect our states, our nation, and, importantly, the migrant children getting abused from the disaster transpiring at our southern border. No border security, no funding," an August letter signed by Roy and other lawmakers declares.
"While the House Majority has wasted months trying to score points with baseless attacks, Secretary Mayorkas has been doing his job and working to keep Americans safe," a DHS spokesperson said in a statement, according to Fox News Digital. "Instead of continuing their reckless charades and attacks on law enforcement, Congress should work with us to keep our country safe, build on the progress DHS is making, and deliver desperately needed reforms for our broken immigration system that only legislation can fix."
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.