Final Day To Vote On Home Land Security Budget Before Agency Shuts Down
Friday night is the deadline. Either Congress gives Homeland Security the money it needs to keep running, or the agency shuts down at midnight.
NBC Right Now-- Friday night is the deadline. Either Congress gives Homeland Security the money it needs to keep running, or the agency shuts down at midnight. Republicans have come up with a last minute, temporary fix.
Two different plans are up for a vote on Friday. Neither one deals with immigration, or is a permanent fix.
Programs and paychecks would keep rolling after midnight with a temporary fix that Congress will vote on Friday morning, so there will be money for Homeland Security, but just for the next three weeks followed by a meeting between the House and Senate.
The Senate is voting on a different plan, which is full funding with no mention of rolling back the president's immigration order.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said a temporary fix will not work; it just makes his 230,000 employees anxious about what happens next.
New York's police department is weighing in. In a statement; Commissioner William Bratton outlines all the programs he will lose if homeland security shuts down.
He calls it "irresponsible at best and dangerous at worst."
The issue is whether to pay for the president's plan to let undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. Staff at the Congressional Budget Office said that plan would increase deficits by $6.3 billion over the next decade.