Hoyer on Short-Term DHS Bill: 'Cross That Bridge When We Come to It'

Hoyer . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republican leaders still haven't shared their game plan — if they have one — for funding the Department of Homeland Security past its Friday expiration date.  

But House Democrats are playing their hand close to the vest, too. At his weekly news briefing Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said he and members of his party are still holding out for a "clean" bill to pay for DHS operations through the remainder of the fiscal year.  

The GOP has so far been unwilling to budge from its proposal to pair agency funding with language to block President Barack Obama's immigration executive orders.  

But Hoyer would not commit to voting in favor of a short-term extension of DHS funding in the event Republican leaders put such a stopgap measure on the floor, an idea that some in the GOP have floated in hopes of buying more time to come up with a plan to pacify members who want to stymie Obama's immigration agenda.  

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Hoyer told reporters in response to a question from CQ Roll Call.  

Democrats — and many Republicans, for that matter — are reluctant to support another so-called continuing resolution that just punts the matter to another day, distracting from the legislative agenda and depriving the DHS of long-term certainty.  

Both parties, however, are running out of time. Hoyer said that Republicans needed to come up with a plan "ASAP" — as soon as possible.  

"That means today," Hoyer said. "And/or tomorrow. And/or Thursday."  

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