Phone: 800-862-8529                                                          Fax: 509-545-0909
Weather |  Market News |  Headline News |  DTN Ag Headlines |  AgBizDir.com |  Crops |  Futures |  Portfolio |  Futures Markets |  Quotes 
 
  Home  
  Producer Account Login  
  About Us  
  PNW Charts  
  Daily Commentary  
  Real Time Quotes  
  Calendar  
  Contact Us  
  Tri Cities Grain Photo Gallery  
  LDP  
  Administrative Login  
 
 
Printable Page Headline News   Return to Menu - Page 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 13
 
 
Some GOP: DHS Funding Lapse OK         02/27 06:25

   Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security 
Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that's the cost of undoing 
a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say 
the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government 
shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is 
all about.

   Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security 
Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that's the cost of undoing 
a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say 
the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.

   "Shutting down" the agency known as DHS "is a set of words that don't really 
have the meaning that people attribute to it," said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks 
of Alabama. "There was hardly any effect whatsoever on the Department of 
Homeland Security from the last shutdown, and I would anticipate a similar 
effect this time."

   Brooks was referring to the 2013 partial federal government shutdown that 
Americans blamed mostly on Republicans, and which many GOP leaders have vowed 
not to repeat.

   Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa was equally dismissive.

   "We're never going to see a shutdown over this," King told reporters 
Thursday. DHS's "essential services" will continue, he said, although "some 
paychecks may be delayed."

   "Look at the price that was paid for a Constitution and a rule of law," King 
said. "Can you explain to the people that are in their graves in Arlington 
(National Cemetery) that we don't want to delay some paychecks, we're going to 
sacrifice the Constitution?"

   King and others say President Barack Obama violated the Constitution with an 
executive order protecting millions of immigrants, here illegally, from 
deportation. A House-passed bill would fund DHS beyond Friday only if the order 
is reversed.

   Senate Democrats blocked the bill. Now GOP Senate leaders, and some 
prominent House Republicans, say it's time to fund the Homeland Security 
Department and fight the deportation issue in the courts.

   Staunch conservatives disagree. If a DHS shutdown lasts a week or less, "I 
don't think it's damaging at all," said Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North 
Carolina. "The American people are still upset that the president exceeded his 
constitutional authority" on immigration, Jones said. "Most people know that 
the majority of the employees are going to continue to work."

   Republican Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio said, "We're ready to fund everything 
else except that illegal action." That's a reasonable stand, he said, but in 
the news media "we'll be allegedly the people that shut down the government."

   Playing down a DHS funding lapse dismays some senior House Republicans.

   "Politically, it's devastating," said Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, who 
withstood a tea party challenger last year. Fairly or not, he said, Democrats 
will accuse Republicans of weakening homeland security at a time of heightened 
terrorist threats.

   Democrats aren't waiting. "It's a disgrace that ISIS and al-Shabab are fully 
funded, but thanks to Republican game-playing, the Department of Homeland 
Security might not be," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said this week.

   ISIS is a name for the self-described Islamic State militant group. The 
Somalian militant group al-Shabab has called for attacks on Western shopping 
malls.

   A DHS "shutdown" actually would do little to dent America's defenses. 
Front-line employees at Customs and Border Patrol, the Secret Service and the 
Transportation Security Administration would continue to work. So would air 
marshals and Coast Guard patrols.

   Of the department's 230,000 employees, about 200,000 would be deemed 
essential and continue to work. But most would go unpaid until the dispute 
ends. And hiring and much training and research would stop.

   Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas said his constituents "have been 
told everybody's going to be declared essential." He said they want Obama's 
deportation order overturned, even if DHS funding lapses.

   GOP Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana agrees. A partial DHS shutdown "may be an 
outcome, but that's not a goal," he said. Democrats are pushing the DHS 
question to the brink, Fleming said, but "we all know the media will blame 
Republicans."

   Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma says these hard-core conservatives are 
playing a dangerous game. Now that a federal judge in Texas has halted action 
on Obama's deportation order, he said, "it's time to declare victory and go 
home."

   "We ought to be talking about Homeland Security in ways that highlight the 
president's failures overseas," Cole said, and not "whether we're going to shut 
it down."

   He said polls show most Americans dislike both Obama's deportation order and 
the notion of blocking DHS funding. "So why don't we leave them with the 
president who's done something most people don't like, instead of us going and 
doing something most people don't like, just to sort of make the score even?" 
Cole said.

   If Republicans think they'll avoid serious political damage from even a 
temporary and partial DHS shutdown, said Democratic Rep. David Price of North 
Carolina, "they're whistling in the dark."

   Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said that if there's a terror attack 
in the United States during a partial DHS shutdown, "politically it's going to 
kill us."


(KA)


 
 
Copyright DTN. All rights reserved. Disclaimer.
Powered By DTN