If you have been following the news, you may have noticed that there is more turmoil on Capital Hill than usual. That is because the Department of Homeland Security’s funding was about to run out. Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over this issue for some time because GOP wants to use this measure as a means of eliminating Obama’s immigration memo.
First off, these are two separate issues that should be dealt with separately. This has been an issue for quite some time. Lawmakers slipping in their political agendas into bill that have nothing to do with it. Don’t bring your mother-in-law into a fight about the laundry.
Secondly, this is essentially an invoice you owe. You agreed to pay the DHS when you approved the budget. Now the time comes to pay up and you want to throw a hissy fit?! PAY YOUR BILLS!! I can’t decided what bills I want to pay. I have to pay them. Because I agreed to pay win exchange for goods or services. That’s like me going to a restaurant and refusing to pay for my food because I want them to redo their parking lot and maybe I can use the money I owe to leverage them to do it. No. It doesn’t work like that. The DHS provides a service and you have to pay them what you owe.
What’s worse is that some members of Congress are brushing it off like it’s no big deal. That is the DHS shuts down it won’t matter.
To an extent they aren’t wrong. Business will happen as usual and the DHS will go on protecting the country. What will happen though, is that many employees would be sent home and many more would be required to work without pay. WITHOUT PAY. They will receive back pay once Congress eventually approves funding, but there is no telling how long that would take. Meanwhile many employees would be struggling to make ends meet while they wait for that check to arrive.
Congress has approved a 7 day funding bill. So DHS remains funded for a week until we repeat this insane process. In the meantime DHS employees are stuck waiting to find out how long they can expect a check.