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What Happens if DHS Shuts Down?

Posted February 18, 2015

Under Economic Issues, U.S. Customs Issues

(Alexandra Jaffe – CNN)

Congress has just 9 days until Department of Homeland Security funding runs out, and House Speaker John Boehner this weekend said he was “certainly” willing to let that happen.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has said a shutdown would cause a “terrible disruption” for everyday Americans, and the White House is slated this week to ramp up pressure on Congress to deliver a compromise to fund the agency.

Republicans, however, say the impact of a shutdown would be minimal, because most of DHS’ operations are considered essential, and so would continue despite a funding lapse.

So what would actually happen if Congress doesn’t pass a funding bill in time? Click here to read more.

Related: This is Why Republicans are Ready to Launch Another Unpopular Government Shutdown (Vox)