If Congress doesn’t fund the Department of Homeland Security by the end of this month, 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Even though many of the workers are considered essential employees and would have to show up to work, it is wrong to require people to work without pay.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson this week called for a clean funding bill without any policy riders that would undo the administration’s policies and executive actions.
“Let's have that debate, but don't tie that to funding public safety at Homeland Security for the American people,” he said.
“To block certain administrative actions or policies, lawmakers have regularly taken appropriations bills that fund government agencies hostage. This political maneuvering led to furloughs of employees and a government shutdown in 2013,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “This is exactly the wrong way to run the country.”