Homeland Security Secretary Working to Secure Funding Before Friday's Deadline
The Secretary of Homeland Security is making a big pitch Wednesday to get lawmakers to move on funding his agency before it runs out of money on Friday.
NBC Right Now-- The Secretary of Homeland Security is making a big pitch Wednesday to get lawmakers to move on funding his agency before it runs out of money on Friday. The issue is republicans still do not want to give up that money until President Obama backs off delayed deportation for millions undocumented immigrants.
On Wednesday, the administration is taking a new approach to convince them.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is bringing in new firepower, his two predecessors who are both republicans, urging congress not to let the agency run out of money by Friday.
The question is if homeland security shuts down, will anyone notice?
Border patrol, the coast guard and airport screeners would all stay on the job without pay.
Cleanup from Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina could slow down. Office workers who cut those checks would stay home.
However, senate republicans are offering a compromise. Separate votes on the money and rolling back President Obama's immigration orders.
Before voting, democrats want assurance house republicans will go along with that idea, but House Speaker John Boehner has not said if he's got the votes.
In a statement, Boehner's spokesman called democrats hypocrites for opposing the president's immigration orders but refusing to block them.