U.S. House Minority leader calls on House to pass 1-week stopgap security agency funding bill. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday called on fellow Drmocrats to support the one-week stopgap funding bill. The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a the bill to avert a partial shutdown at midnight of the U.S. domestic security agency, leaving it up to the House of Representatives to either approve the bill or let the shutdown go ahead. The Senate backed the short-term measure on a voice vote just hours after the House rejected a three-week extension of spending authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The political battle was triggered by Republican efforts to use the Homeland Security spending bill to block funding for President Barack Obama's executive orders that lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. If current Homeland Security funding is not extended by Friday at midnight, spending authority will be cut off for the agency that secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The agency would be forced to furlough about 30,000 employees, or about 15 percent of its workforce.