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Tri-State lawmaker uncertain Homeland Security shutdown will be avoided

With time running out for lawmakers to prevent a partial shut down of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at midnight Friday, one Tri-State Congressman is uncertain it will be avoided.

"I don't know what's going to happen in the next few days," U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R-Columbia Tusculum), said in a phone interview Wednesday with FOX19 NOW Morning News.

Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the department without immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama.

But House Republicans are not enthused. The Associated Press is reporting many were negative ahead of a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday.

Several told the AP they couldn't accept a plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky: A vote on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, and a separate vote to overturn the president's recent executive actions not to deport millions of immigrants illegally in the U.S.

Wenstrup noted Wednesday the House passed a bill about a month ago, but there has been a filibuster. Their bill would fund the department, but also repeal Obama's immigration executive actions.

"It's unfortunate that we have people in the Senate and the President who are more concerned about protecting an executive action  that one judge has issued an injunction on rather than opening up Homeland Security and putting the priority on the safety of America," Wenstrup said.

While Wenstrup said he is for immigration reform and believes it is an issue lawmakers must address, he said he also sees the need for the legality question of Obama's executive immigration order to be decided by the courts.

"To many people this is bigger than just immigration," he said. "....This is about the balance of power within the United States government. because essentially if this judge especially deems this executive action is unlawful but at the same time he is allowed to ahead with these types of things, we have a big problem in the form of our government and to many people this is bigger to the future of our country and our government."

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