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OBAMA WARNS U.S. SECURITY FUNDING LAPSE WOULD HURT ECONOMY

OBAMA WARNS U.S. SECURITY FUNDING LAPSE WOULD HURT ECONOMY

On Monday, President Barack Obama warned that a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department would suspend pay for over 100,000 airport security agents as well as boarder patrol inspection agents.

In a speech to a meeting of state governors at the White House on Monday, the President said, “It will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on America's national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe."
If Congress doesn’t approve the new funding, the spending of Homeland Security authorities will expire at midnight on Friday. Although there will still be essential security personnel who will report to work, there will be no money to pay them for their services during the funding lapse.

The new $39.7 billion budget for the Homeland Security Department is stalled in congress over Republicans authored provisions which seek to block any spending on the President’s recent executive orders that are set to lift the threat of millions of undocumented immigrants being deported.

Later on Monday, Republicans who currently control the U.S. senate will be trying to advance the measures for a fourth time and it was expected to fall short of the 60 votes which are needed due to the fact that Democrats had rejected it. In an event that it passes, President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure unless the immigration restrictions are removed.

According to Jeh Johnson, Homeland’s Secretary of Security, most employees at DHS headquarters will be furloughed if there is a cut-off in spending.
"If our headquarters staff is cut back to a skeleton, that inhibits our ability to stay on top of a lot of the existing situations and challenges to homeland security right now," said Johnson.
 

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