Wednesday: House starts work on Homeland Security appropriations

The White House said in a Tuesday Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that it would oppose any bill that contains language beyond the scope of what is needed to fund DHS, pointing specifically to language that would prohibit the use of funds to transfer terrorist detainees to the continental U.S.

“Although the administration opposes the release of detainees within the United States, section 537 is a dangerous and extraordinary challenge to critical executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute detainees, based on the facts and the circumstances of each case and our national security interests,” the SAP said.

When the House votes on the rule, it is also expected to hold a quick vote on H.R. 802, which would require the secretary of Veterans Affairs to set up a program recognizing business contributions to veterans’ employment. That bill was debated Tuesday, and was brought up under a suspension of House rules.

The Senate is out this week.

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