Homeland Security Watch

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February 22, 2015

Count-down to February 27

Filed under: Border Security,Budgets and Spending,Immigration — by Philip J. Palin on February 22, 2015

The Continuing Resolution funding the Department of Homeland Security will expire this Friday, February 27.

This week is likely to see considerable last-minute and bipartisan efforts to avoid a DHS shut-down. But some perceive a shut-down will advance their political interests, either to reverse the President’s executive action on immigration or to highlight Republican intolerance and incapacity to govern.

According to The Hill:

The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a House-passed Homeland Security bill that includes the immigration amendments, marking the fourth attempt by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to defeat a Democratic filibuster. The effort is expected to fail, leaving Republican leaders in both chambers with the sticky question of how to proceed.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has repeatedly said that the House has done its job and the ball is in the Senate’s court. But an impasse in the upper chamber could force his hand. That sets the stage for a high-stakes meeting of the House Republican conference on Wednesday morning, where GOP leaders are sure to hear an earful from all sides less than 72 hours before Homeland Security funding expires.

Jeh Johnson will appear today on all five of the Sunday talk shows (Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, State of the Union, and Fox News Sunday), so you should not have a tough time catching the administration’s talking points.

The annual process for DHS grant funding has already been seriously delayed.  Many state and local programs have been continued by internal borrowing.  But if this week’s deadline is missed — as now seems likely — several law enforcement, firefighting, emergency management and other groups  will probably send grant-dependent homeland security programs into a hungry hibernation.

My personal schedule this week will not allow much tracking of the give-and-take.  If you see insightful comments or coverage, please link to the comments here.  If possible I will try to monitor and push some of what you’re hearing to the main page.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 22, 2015 @ 9:29 am

An American tragedy plays out? Leave it to the federal judiciary IMO!

Comment by Arnold Bogis

February 22, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

What does it say about the regard DHS is held on the Hill that it is used in such a manner? Can one even imagine a case where DOD funding is treated in a similar manner? I realize there are often small riders attached to Defense funding because no one wants to be on record as voting against our national defense in order to oppose spending on a small monument in a particular Congressperson’s district.

But use the DOD budget to protest an Executive Order? Not going to happen.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

February 22, 2015 @ 11:37 pm

Apparently our beloved Republic has not learned from the lessons of history and as in this world of corrupt and serving politicians where the only real change we see is in our wallets having less and less….without a handclasp shared by all to truly defend of Blessed way of Life, we shall surrender to those who seek our demise.

However, in the words of Winston Churchill in October 1941, his words which We here on “Main Street USA” should always recall especially when discussing our valued Life and ways of Democracy which must be strengthened by a strong arsenal in hand prepared to defend our great nation from those outside as well as those from within:

Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at Harrow School in Harrow, England, Oct. 29, 1941

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Christopher Tingus
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645

Comment by Donald Quixote

February 23, 2015 @ 10:25 am

Never say never for DOD. As an example, if the president decided to attack a country without just cause with little or no support from Congress, I could image Congress attempting to deter the action through financial measures.

Should a CR or budget not be passed before Saturday, the great majority of DHS will show up and fulfill their duties without immediate pay. Those DHS employees that stay home will be fully paid and not charged leave for the days off (not bad work if you can get it). It really works quite well for those employees, especially if the working employees can cover the essential duties of those at home. The only fallout may be how essential the non-essential employees are in the short and long run for the agencies – a very sensitive and controversial topic after the last impasse.

Comment by Quin

February 23, 2015 @ 10:47 am


How can you call it a tragedy? I’m looking at more paid time off! Woo hoo! Considering the woeful morale at DHS, can’t think of a better morale boost for the 30k of us who get to kick back and relax!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 23, 2015 @ 11:42 am

Paid Quinn but after the fact? Come visit.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

February 23, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

I heard this am from some friends there that many folks are not too pleased at DHS and it is time for us to get our house in order as the clock is ticking and we have afforded those seeking our demise far too much in enabling them to use our executive conveyance in weakness and lack of policy planning – gain momentum – interestingly, the following which has just been reported sheds some light on what many understood anyways, however the Palestinians are depicted by this decision as participants who we have supported along with the Israelis, however other than Barry Obama, many are not too pleased by the Palestinian participation in terrorism….let’s get our act together and begin to wield a big stick and thwart all these groups who are self-serving rather than serving the good people of these nations who wish to malice towards another, just to live simply and in peace!

Monday, February 23, 2015 1:18 PM EST
Jury Awards $218.5 Million in Terrorism Case Against Palestinian Groups

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 24, 2015 @ 9:17 am

It is extremely important that the Obama Administration announce a specific rationale and position on the Fe3deral District Judge’s nation-wide stay on the immigration Executive Order.

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