(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) President Obama is encountering at least one major problem in his bid to shame Republicans into approving his budget request for the Department of Homeland Security: Most of the agency will continue to operate as normal, even if its funding runs out at the end of the month.
Border Patrol agents would still conduct inspections. Transportation Security Administration officials would screen airplane passengers. And they would have the tools of a sprawling federal agency at their disposal to confront the most dangerous threats, administration officials concede.
However, as Obama announced his proposed federal budget for next fiscal year on Monday, he focused much of his attention on the more immediate funding fight, how to keep DHS operating amid the simmering feud over his executive action to protect up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
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