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Jeh Johnson: Congress Standoff Over DHS Funding Is 'Bizarre And Absurd'

02/22/2015 02:50 pm ET | Updated Feb 23, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson lashed out at Congress for failing to reach an agreement to fund his department.

"It's bizarre and absurd that we're even having this discussion in these challenging times," he told "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday. "We're talking about the possibility of shutting down Homeland Security because Congress can't agree."

Homeland Security will be forced to shutdown on Saturday if Congress doesn't pass a bill to fund it. The Senate will vote on a House-passed bill on Monday, but it likely will fail, as Senate Democrats have managed to filibuster the legislation three times already.

Republicans are at odds over a proposed amendment included in the bill that would block President Obama's executive action on immigration. The president has also said he would veto such a bill.

Watch Johnson's comments in the video above.

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