NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congress has narrowly avoided a Homeland Security shut down after the House of Representatives reached a decision just before the midnight deadline Friday.
As CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported, Congress just passed a bill that extends funding for the department, but it only lasts for a week and there’s a lot at stake across the Tri-State Area.
Local security experts expressed concerns since the legislation passed is only temporary.
The battle surrounding long-term funding is actually over immigration reform.
House Republicans are trying to stop federal money from being spent on President Barack Obama’s executive order that protects some 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Gold reported.
So Republicans attached amendments to the Homeland Security budget bill.
New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith that homeland security funding too important to get caught up in a “game of ping pong.”