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Larson on Impending DHS Shutdown: Love Your Country More than you Dislike the President

February 26, 2015
Press Release
Cosponsors Measure to Provide Retroactive Pay for DHS Workers in Case of Shutdown

Washington – “In Connecticut alone, a Department of Homeland Security shutdown stands to impact more than 1,400 civilian and active duty workers. Grant opportunities could be lost while other vital training and flood-risk services face potential closure. Across the nation, nearly 200,000 could face work without pay. These individuals work day in and day out to protect the American people. Their livelihoods, and the security of the nation, should not be put at risk because Republican Leadership disagrees with the President on immigration – an issue that could easily be debated separately. Now, it's up to Republicans to bring the clean, bipartisan DHS funding bill to the floor for a vote. We simply cannot allow the increasing threat of ISIS, in addition to the Northeast’s desperate need of assistance from FEMA during this unprecedented winter, to be compounded by a needless shutdown.

"It's time for Republican Leadership to love their country more than they dislike the President of the United States."

Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) is a cosponsor of H.R. 1024, the 'DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act', to provide retroactive pay for Department of Homeland Security workers in the event of a shutdown. Unless Congress acts, DHS is set to shutdown at midnight tomorrow, February 27.