Boehner on Homeland: House in 'wait-and-see mode'

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Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Boehner declined to offer his opinion of a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would fund the department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama.

Boehner said that until the Senate acts the House was in a "wait and see mode."

A partial government shutdown of the department looms, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Wednesday morning that border security and some counterterrorism operations would "grind to a halt" if funds for the department run out.