Funding authority for the Department of Homeland Security is set to run out at midnight on Friday. Congress is gridlocked over legislation to renew the funding because it includes an amendment that would fund President Obama’s executive action on immigration–which Republicans want to block. As the Senate moves closer to approving a “clean” funding bill and the House confronts Friday’s deadline, we consider the implications of a DHS shutdown and the possible political fallout for both parties.


  • Donald Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; nonresident Senior Fellow, Volcker Alliance and Brookings Institution
  • Tamar Hallerman Staff writer, CQ Roll Call

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