On Monday, President Obama warned that a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would not only impact national security, but also the nationâ€™s economy.
On Friday, spending for the DHS will expire at midnight if Congress doesnâ€™t approve new funding. If Congress does not approve funding, essential employees would be required to work unpaid. A $39.7 billion budget that would allow the department to remain fully functional is currently stalled in Congress over Republican provisions that block spending on Obamaâ€™s recent executive orders on immigration.
â€śIt 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,â€ť President Obama said of a potential shutdown.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stressed that a shutdown would cause many DHS headquarters employees to be furloughed.
â€śIf 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,â€ť Johnson said, warning that a shutdown wouldnâ€™t be â€śin the public's best interest.â€ť
Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said in a statement that Republicans and Democrats should be working together to find a way to fund the department.
â€śResponsible members of both parties must work together to find some way to fund DHS without further delay,â€ť Johnson said.