Scott Calls for Homeland Security Funding

Rep. Scott Peters is calling on his fellow Congress members to work without pay if the Department of Homeland Security shuts down Friday night.

“It is simple — if the hardworking men and women in the Department of Homeland Security will continue to go to work but not receive a paycheck, members of Congress, who have failed to do their job, should not receive a paycheck either,” Peters said.

The Republican majority is holding funding of the department hostage in an effort to overturn President Obama’s executive orders deferring deportation of 5 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for years. The Senate has passed a bill funding the department, but not the House.

If the department shuts down, an estimated 26,000 Border Patrol, Coast Guard and TSA personnel in California would be required to work without pay, though they are likely to be paid retroactively when funding is restored.

Peters, a Democrat from La Jolla, helped introduce the “No Homeland Security, No Pay Act” to withhold member pay during the period of a Homeland Security shutdown and another to make sure employees do receive retroactive pay whenever the shutdown ends.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.