Government Budget and Homeland Security

GovernmentBudget andHomeland Security

LastFriday Congress avoideda totalshutdownof theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) by a passing a short–termfunding extension.Eventhoughearlierin thedaySenate hadapproveda fullyearfunding of $39.7 billion, divisionsamong membersof House of Representatives meantthatnolong-termfunding could be agreedupon (Parker,1). Barelyhoursremainingpriortothe expiryof fundingboth membersfrom thetwo mainpartiesin theU.S votedfora one-weekextension.Thisresultof thisis thatitwill accordRepublicans moretimeto agreeon thewayto keeptheDHS openover thelongterm,whileat thesametimefightingDemocratic PresidentObama over his immigrationorderthat liftedthethreatof deportationof millions of illegalimmigrants(Parker,1).

Theone weekfunding extensionapprovedby a voteof 357 to 60, dealta fatalblowto thespeakerof theHouse of Representative,whosoughtfora three-weekextension.Thismeansthatthethreatof a shutdownoftheDepartmentof Homeland Security has not beensolvedbuthas onlybeenpostponedtoa laterdate.Theone-weekapprovalalsomeantthatthemorethan 200,000Americans workingfortheDepartmentof Homeland Security would receivetheir paycheck as normal(Parker, 1). Thiscomesamid threatsby terroristto bomblargemallsin theU.S, meaningthatparalyzing workat thiscrucialdepartmentat thistimewould be extremelycostlyforAmericans. Theone-weekextensionalsomeansthatmembersof House of Representative will haveenoughtimeto broker a dealthat will leadto fullfunding after seven days(Parker, 1).

Itis importantto mentionthattheObama executiveorderthat preventedthe deportationof undocumented immigrantshas beenthemainsourceof wranglesbetween Democrats andRepublicans. Republicanwantssomechangesin theimmigrationpolicy,something that thepresidentandDemocratsare not readyto bargain.Itremainsto beseenhoweventsshall unfoldin thecomingdaysas bothpartiescontinueto maintainhard-line positions.

WorkCited

Parker,A. (2015). House Passes One -Week Funding Extension for HomelandSecurity. TheNew York Times.Retrieved on 3, March 2015 from:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/us/senate-house-homeland-security.html?_r=0