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June 27, 2024 | Press Releases

House Passes Steube Amendment with Bipartisan Support to Prohibit ICE from Paying the VA to Process Illegal Migrants’ Medical Claims

View Rep. Steube’s remarks here. 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted decisively in favor of an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.). Amendment No. 57 to H.R. 8752 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2025 prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funds from being used to compensate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for processing medical claims for illegal immigrants in ICE custody. The final vote was 235-176, including 27 members of the Democrat party voting in favor. 

“My amendment garnered bipartisan support because it’s commonsense: the VA has no business working for illegal immigrants in ICE custody. VA personnel should not lift a finger for illegal immigrants while thousands of veterans are forced to wait to receive the benefits they deserve,” stated Rep. Steube.  “This bipartisan effort reaffirms our commitment to upholding the promises made to our nation’s service members.”

The amendment’s passage comes amid increasing pressures on federal resources, exacerbated by unprecedented levels of illegal crossings at the southern border. Rep. Steube’s amendment highlights the necessity of safeguarding resources intended for veterans amidst these challenges.

Rep. Steube introduced a complement amendment to H.R. 8580 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to prohibit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from using any funds to process medical claims for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The amendment passed the House.