Six Republican members of the New York congressional delegation banded together for Tuesday’s vote to support funding the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the fiscal year. They say cutting off funding in retaliation for President Obama’s executive action on immigration was inappropriate.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Department of Homeland Security should never have faced defunding. This interview was recorded Monday before the House voted late Wednesday.
During a primetime address Thursday, President Obama outlined executive actions to provide temporary relief to some five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The issue has generated heated debate, but little movement by Congress.