Obama would veto Republican plan on security budget: White House

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 12, 2015 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would veto legislation proposed by the Republican-led House of Representatives that would block his immigration initiatives through a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

The department is responsible for counterterrorism efforts as well as for enforcing immigration laws.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the House plan would "muck around" with the agency at a critical time, given recent Islamic militant attacks in France.

"There's never a good time for Republicans to do something like this, but right now it seems like a particularly bad time to do so," Earnest told reporters.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)