Speaking to the nation's governors at the White House, President Obama says a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security will hurt state economies and national security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama is warning that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security will hurt state economies and national security. Speaking to the nation's governors at the White House on Monday, Obama said the shutdown would mean more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents would be left without a paycheck. "They all work in your states. These are folks who if they don't have a paycheck, they won't be able to spend that money in your states. It will have a direct impact on your economy and it will have a direct impact on America's national security," Obama said during remarks at the annual gathering of the National Governors Association. DHS faces a partial shutdown on February 27 if Congress fails to enact a spending bill to keep the department running. The showdown comes amid a GOP push to roll back Obama's executive actions on immigration. House Republicans had passed a budget bill that would reverse some of the president's immigration initiatives, which shielded undocumented immigrants from deportation, but Senate Democrats have blocked the Senate from considering that bill in three separate votes.