Reed Urges House Republicans to Vote on Bipartisan Homeland Security Bill and Avoid a DHS Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after House Republicans voted against Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) short-term continuing resolution and threatened to shut down the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement:
“Speaker Boehner should do the responsible thing and allow a vote on the bipartisan, Senate-passed bill to fund DHS through the remainder of the fiscal year. Forcing a DHS shutdown would be a wasteful and unnecessary mistake. It will force thousands of people, including nearly 700 in Rhode Island, who work to keep our country safe to go without paychecks and could distract from efforts to combat new threats, such as cyber-attacks. I urge House Republicans to avoid this self-inflicted disaster and pass a clean, bipartisan bill,” said Reed.
If an agreement is not reached by midnight, DHS will be forced into a partial shutdown.