House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Republicans to pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security ahead of a midnight deadline. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on Republicans to 'get the job done' to avoid a midnight shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. On Friday, hours before funding expires for the agency, the U.S. Senate approved nearly $40 billion to keep the agency operating through September. But the House of Representatives is expected to ignore the legislation because it does nothing to stop President Obama's executive order, issued in November, that removed the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented residents. Instead, the House on Friday is attempting to pass a three-week extension of current funds for DHS, giving Republicans more time to pursue their fight to reverse Obama's immigration action, which has been temporarily put on hold by a federal judge. The Senate voted 68-31 for the full-year extension that Democrats have been insisting upon. DHS funding is the first fiscal measure to test the new, Republican-controlled Congress that was sworn in at the beginning of the year. Even though Republicans comfortably control the House and have a narrow advantage over Democrats in the Senate, intra-party disagreements have made for a chaotic two months, with the prospect of a partial government shutdown looming over Washington. The uncertainty and rancor in Congress will continue well into March if the three-week DHS funding bill is enacted later on Friday, as expected.