Homeland Security shutdown feb 27

DHS Funding Battles And Entitlement Reform

We may be headed for another shutdown. This time it’ll be the Department of Homeland Security, caught in the partisan crosshairs over the spending bill which Democrats insist should not have any immigration related amendments.

Most Republicans and Democrats want to avoid a shutdown, but there are some House Republicans who seem willing to let the agency run out of money, putting the nation’s security squarely at risk.

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Saginaw Michigan: DHS Budget Brinkmanship Could Leave Local Governments in the Lurch

By Lydia DePillis
The Washington Post

The city of Saginaw, Mich., has an arson problem.

The former manufacturing hub is filled with vacant properties, the result of losing 48 percent of its residents over a 50-year period, as jobs melted away and more homes went into foreclosure. So people burn down those abandoned buildings, keeping the 50-person local fire department busier than it ought to be for a town of 50,000 people.

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Some GOP Governors back Homeland Security Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn’t also overturn President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its latest budget standoff.

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