DHS gets one-week funding extension, shutdown still looms
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security will stay open, at least for another week.
Congress passed a bill funding the department for another seven days.
It was tense few hours in Washington, as the department was set to run out of money at 11 p.m. Friday night.
During the countdown, the Senate passed a bill proposing to fund DHS for a month. However, the House rejected the proposal.
If a plan for funding past next week isn't reached, the department will face a partial shutdown.
Missouri representatives voted in the following way for the three-week funding bill:
Democrats: Clay - N, Cleaver - N.
Republicans: Graves - Y, Hartzler - Y, Long - No vote, Leutkmeyer - Y, Smith - Y, Wagner - Y
If DHS actually runs out of money and is forced to shut down, employees involved in planning, auditing, training, and other policy functions would be given a leave of absence.
However, security checkpoints, Secret Service activities, and border patrols would be exempt from the shutdown.
Employees who work during a shutdown would not be paid until Congress approves additional funding.
Information for this story was adapted from several stories by The Associated Press.