Republicans Gambling with Department of Homeland Security Budget?


When Congress passed the federal budget for 2015, Republicans intentionally contrived a showdown between Republicans and Democrats over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Funding for DHS, pursuant to the 2015 budget, is set to expire on Friday, February 27, 2015. In order to prevent a DHS shutdown, reminiscent of the Federal Shutdown of 2013, Democrat are faced with signing a budget that will block the executive actions announced by President Obama in November of 2014. Democrats said they would oppose any DHS budget initiative that politicizes immigration issues at the expense of national security. Nevertheless, House Democrats attached numerous immigration riders to the budget in defiance of warning raised in the Senate against such tactics. So with 5 days until the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money, the showdown between the two Parties over immigration is upon us. On Friday, the agency responsible for defending the U.S. against terrorism and other foreign and domestic threats will shutdown. Can we afford such risk for the sake of political posturing?

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