As Congress prepares to vote Wednesday morning on a new Homeland Security appropriation, the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill is continuing to choose politics over national security, holding the department’s funding hostage unless they get their way on immigration. In the wake of increasing terrorist threats like the attacks in Paris last week, it is reckless to punt on the additional resources DHS requested for things like border guards, customs agents, the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard. Uncertainty about the year’s budget also makes it impossible for DHS to plan for evolving issues, from terror threats to Ebola.
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