Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed that Democrats are “not blocking debate” on the DHS funding bill that they have filibustered in the Senate.
“Democrats are not blocking debate,” Johnson said on Fox News Sunday. When asked why Democrats refused to take up the House-passed DHS appropriations bill, which contains language denying funding for Obama’s executive orders, and try to amend the bill to remove that language, he explained that they are unwilling to debate the executive orders in the context of DHS funding.
“We should have the debate about immigration reform,” he said. “But you should not tie that to the funding for the third largest department of our government, 240,000 people, which includes, by the way, efforts to do all the things we’ve been talking about on the counterterrorism front, the Coast Guard, FEMA, in the midst of a very harsh winter.”