Lawmakers Expected to Meet to Discuss Homeland Security Funding
It is unclear if there will be money for homeland security at the end of this week.
NBC Right Now-- It is unclear if there will be money for homeland security at the end of this week, and Congress has a Friday deadline to approve it. However, that money is stuck in a fight over immigration.
The plan is lawmakers will meet around lunchtime Tuesday at The Capitol and by Tuesday afternoon they may have an idea if they have found a way to break the gridlock on security funding.
Tuesday's policy lunches could be key in finding a middle ground on funding homeland security. The issue is immigration, and republicans insist on getting rid of the president's orders to delay deporting up to five million undocumented immigrants.
Senate republican leaders tried to separate the money from immigration, but it did not work.
If there's no deal by Friday, tens of thousands of TSA workers, border patrol agents and others could be forced to work without pay.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that would not be good for public safety and it is not in the public's best interest to lay off those workers.
Even if the Senate works out a compromise, it is not clear if the more conservative house will go along. House republicans are expected to meet again on Wednesday morning to discuss this issue more.