The filibustered bill would have halted President Obama’s executive orders over immigration
Former DHS Secretaries under George W. Bush Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, joined current DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson at the department urging Congress to act on passing a funding bill
“The Majority Leader should allow a vote on the [DHS] funding bill which is sitting on the floor calendar. That is the only way to resolve this mess, which Republicans created.”
“Our immigration system has been broken for decades. Our country deeply values fairness, but our immigration system has become unfair to businesses, workers and families alike,” Obama wrote.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is willing to vote against President Obama’s executive actions over immigration if a clean bill to fund DHS is passed
“We believe that the economic impact of these executive actions are positive—job creation, economic growth, reducing the deficit, to even strengthening social security”
“The clock is ticking,” Johnson said. “And as I stand here there is nothing from Congress to fund [the DHS] beyond that point.”
“The question before the United States Congress is, are they going to continue to accept their paychecks and not do their jobs” while DHS employees face possible furloughs.
President Obama told the National Governors Association that there will be direct economic and security threats to their states without funding for the Department of Homeland Security.