US House gives one-week extension to Homeland Security funding

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On February 25, Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by former Homeland Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff, spoke on the need for Congress to pass a full-year appropriations bill for DHS.
On February 25, US Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by former Homeland Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff, spoke on the need for Congress to pass a full-year appropriations bill for DHS.

Washington DC: The US House of Representatives Friday approved a one-week extension to funding of Department of Homeland Security to prevent the shutting down of this crucial department at midnight.

Earlier the House failed to pass a three-week extension of funding for the department responsible for domestic security

Obama administration on Friday made an all out bid to secure support for Homeland security as the Department of Homeland Security’s funding was to freeze at midnight.

The Homeland Security funding pays for more than 30,000 American workers, helps keep US cities safe and border secure, and is essential to overall US national security.

US President Barack Obama has continually pushed Congress to pass a bill that funds the Department without any strings attached.

According to Tanya Somanader, Deputy Director of Digital Content for the Office of Digital Strategy, If the Republicans follow through on their threat to shut down the Department, at least 30,000 employees who keep us safe would be forced to go on furlough. Also, hundreds of thousands of employees would be forced to work without pay. This includes:

  • More than 40,000 Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers
  • More than 50,000 TSA aviation security screeners
  • More than 13,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement law enforcement agents and officers
  • More than 40,000 active-duty Coast Guard military members
  • More than 4,000 Secret Service law enforcement agents and officers

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Notwithstanding their political affiliations, former Secretaries of Homeland Security have voiced their concern with the House Republicans’ threat to shut down the Department. They stand united on the fact that funding this department is essential to US security and should never be compromised.