Hoyer: During DHS 'Shut Down,' 200,000 of 230,000 DHS Workers Would Still Work

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 25, 2015 | 4:38pm EST

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(CNSNews.com)- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor on Tuesday that if Congress did not pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill by the end of the week, it would shut down the department—but that 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 employees would still go to work.

The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers.

“The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are on the front line—will work, but they won’t get paid.

“We can lament what others have done to undermine our national security,” Hoyer said, “and share—I think in a bipartisan way—the conclusion that we ought not to further those enterprises, but as I said, Mr. Speaker, by our own hand we are about to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.”

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