Congress has until Friday to pass the $40 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans have held up funding because of the President’s executive actions on immigration. Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson went on all five major Sunday talk shows with an urgent message. He told NBC's Meet the Press, "If we go into government shutdown, some 30,000 employees of my department will be furloughed, including a lot of headquarters personnel who I count on daily to stay one step ahead of groups like ISIL. A large part of the workforce will be required to come to work, but they’ll come to work without pay, so the working men and women of my department will be required to work on the frontlines without a paycheck, which has serious consequences for working men and women and their families."
Susan Davis reports on Congress for USA Today.