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Zinke’s voting record jeopardizes our border security


HELENA -- In one of his first votes in Washington, Congressman Zinke voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work and undermining America's security.

Twice in his first term, Congressman Zinke voted against the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. [Washington Post, 1/16/15; Vote Smart, accessed 8/16/16; HR 240, 1/14/15]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employs more than 200,000 Americans, including hundreds of people in Montana tasked with defending the state's northern border with Canada.  DHS also oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Congressman Zinke recklessly voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security not once but twice,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “For someone who spends so much time talking about national security, Zinke has dangerously played Russian Roulette with our national security.”

In stark contrast, Denise Juneau earned the endorsement of the group representing Customs and Border Protection workers in Montana. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) called Juneau "a fighter for federal workers who protect and serve the nation.”

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