Several prominent Republicans have taken Vice President Kamala Harris to task for refusing to visit the U.S.-Mexico border amid a troubling surge in immigration.
For her part, U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) is taking a more active approach with a measure she recently introduced in the House.
“No federal funds”
According to Fox News, the congresswoman has proposed halting further international travel expenditures for the vice president until she visits the southern border.
Hinson has dubbed her bill the “See the Crisis Act” and introduced it to lawmakers on Thursday.
“No federal funds may be obligated or expended for the travel expenses of the Vice President to travel outside of the United States until on or after the date that each of the following conditions are met,” the act states.
Among those conditions is a requirement that Harris “personally travels” to at least one preapproved U.S. counties along the border “to review the activities of the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies responsible for enforcing and implementing immigration laws.”
A secondary requirement included in Hinson’s proposal was the submission of a report detailing the vice president’s plan to deal with the ongoing border crisis and various details about resources and funding needed to achieve her goals.
“It’s been 56 days”
If successful, the bill would prevent taxpayer money from being spent on Harris’ international trips unless she meets the specified conditions.
President Joe Biden appointed Harris as a point person in his administration’s response to the border problem. Since then, she has been conspicuously absent from the border despite vowing that she is focused on the “root causes” behind the crisis.
Hinson is among the vice president’s numerous critics on this issue, declaring: “We have an absolute crisis at the border, and Vice President Harris was appointed to lead the administration’s efforts on the border crisis, but it’s been 56 days, and in that time she hasn’t been to the border once.”
Addressing another common point of concern, the Iowa Republican pointed out that Harris also “hasn’t held a news conference on the administration’s efforts for a plan.”
With a Democratic majority in the House, it is unlikely that Hinson’s bill will gain any real traction. Nevertheless, it is notable as yet another public denouncement of the vice president’s perceived dereliction of duty.