With Jihadi John on the loose, North Korea firing two missiles into the sea “in anger” this weekend and Vladimir Putin nemesis Boris Nemtsov assassinated just before a Kremlin opposition rally, now is not the time to, say, quit funding the Department of Homeland Security.
Yet, DHS funding ceased at the close of business this past Friday. In a Friday evening session, Capitol Hill arranged for an emergency one-week extension to keep the lights on and employees paid for their time.
Even without the funding, more than 80% of DHS employees would have been expected to report for duty. However, with no funding the future of their paychecks would have been in limbo.
We’ll see if Congress can get their act together this week. In the meantime, “Here’s What Will Happen if the Department of Homeland Security Shuts Down.”