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John Boehner: DHS Shutdown 'Would Be Bad,' But It Could Happen

02/12/2015 04:08 pm ET | Updated Feb 12, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he couldn't rule out a possible shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security.

The AP reports Boehner said it "would be bad" if the DHS shuts down when it runs out of funding on Feb. 27. He again encouraged the Senate to pass legislation that would fund the department, reiterating what he said on Wednesday.

"The House has done its job. We've spoken. And now it's up to the Senate to do their job," Boehner said Thursday. "If funding for Homeland Security lapses, Washington Democrats are gonna bear the responsibility."

On Wednesday, Boehner wasn't so polite in his request for the Senate to take action.

"The House has done its job," Boehner said at a press conference after he met with House Republican members. "Why don't you go ask the Senate Democrats when they're going to get off their ass and do something other than to vote no?"

HuffPost's Elise Foley has more on DHS funding:

The House passed a $39.7 billion funding bill for DHS last month, paired with amendments to limit President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Many Republicans say they will not support any DHS funding bill that does not include those measures, because they do not want to let actions stand that they say are unconstitutional.

Obama has said multiple times that he would veto legislation like the House's bill to block his immigration programs, which the White House contends are well within his authority.

Senate Democrats have stuck together to oppose the House's immigration bill, and voted three times last week to block the legislation from moving forward. They say they want a "clean" bill, free of immigration measures, and then are happy to debate the executive actions later.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the House-passed bill was "stuck" and asked the House to come up with a plan B.

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