Congress Comes Back, Homeland Security Deadline Looming
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week's break, Congress returns to work Monday with five days to avoid shutting down the Homeland Security Department, and there's no solution in sight.
Secretary Jeh Johnson is taking aim at the Republican-run Congress, saying he hopes "someone will exercise some leadership for the good of public safety."
The fight is over President Barack Obama's immigration plan, and Friday is when funding for the $40 billion budget ends.
A House-passed bill would cover the department through Sept. 30 and overturn Obama's move to limit deportations for millions of immigrants in the United States illegally. But the Senate is stalemated.
Johnson tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "it's absurd that we're even having this conversation about Congress' inability to fund Homeland Security in these challenging times."
(Story by: The Associated Press)