Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday said that the US Secret Service can neither undergo the hiring process of new agents for the next presidential election due in 2016 nor make any kinds of improvement work at the agency until a dispute over its funding is not settled in the US Congress.
The Department of Homeland Security works in direction of securing the US borders, coastal waters and airport. Besides it also provides protection to the first family of the US and the president.
In a speech in Washington on Thursday, Johnson said that the uncertainty is looming large over the budget allocated for the Department of Homeland Security and this has resulted in putting the security initiatives on hold.
This included the recommendations made by a review committee on the Secret Service in December last year.
The Secret Service has been under severe criticism over a series of security lapses, including the breach by a small flying drone in the White House complex early Monday.
Following severe criticism, the agency’s director resigned from his services in October last year.
The spending authority of the DHS will be expiring on February 27 and Republicans in the House of Representatives is expected to use the DHS spending bill for blocking the executive orders of Democratic President Barack Obama over immigration.
According to the White House, it will use veto against any funding bill intended to take money away from Obama’s initiatives over immigration.
The House bill, which provides DHS with USD 39.7 billion fund, has not yet taken it in the Senate.
Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski on Thursday urged the Republican leadership in Senate to table a “clean” bill for funding DHS, without the amendments passed by the House.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said he will be holding a hearing on the implications of Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy next week.