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President Obama would sign a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks if it makes it through Congress, the White House said Friday.
"If the president is faced with a choice of having the Department of Homeland Security shut down or fund the Department for the short term, the president is not going to allow the agency to shut down,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.
“So the truth is, if the president is faced with a choice between the short-term extension and shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, he will sign the short-term extension,” he added minutes later.
But Earnest blasted Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Ohio) for not bringing up a “clean” bill to fund DHS through the end of the fiscal year that does not block Obama's executive action on immigration.
“The truth is, the choice for the president is a little difficult. But the choice for the speaker of the House is really easy. Let’s hope he makes the right one,” he said.
The short-term funding plan appeared to be in trouble in the House on Friday afternoon, with leadership struggling to get the support of members who want Congress to do more to block the executive orders.