Democrats in the House are working to block Republican amendments on immigration that threaten a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Hoyer said Democrats were aiming to block two amendments in particular in the legislation, so the Homeland Security bill would not face the possibility of a veto by President Barack Obama.
"Right now, Republicans appear to be offering amendments which deal with the immigration issue, not the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. If we continue to do that, not just Americans, but the world, is going to see us as not united to face a threat to all of us, not to any one party or one segment of our society," the Maryland Democrat said Tuesday.
Some Republicans have been at odds with Obama's executive action that offers temporary legal status to illegal immigrants. Hoyer said there were members of the Republican caucus who "want to have confrontation, don't want to cooperate, don't want to seek consensus."
The "underlying bill" that addresses Homeland Security funding had "almost unanimous agreement," Hoyer said, adding the Department of Homeland Security would continue to operate regardless of the outcome of the bill.
Hoyer maintained it seemed obvious lawmakers would want to rally around funding for Homeland Security.
"You would think that's an area, and I hope it's going to be an area, where we can come together and act in a bipartisan American fashion, not a partisan fashion, to fund our security agency," he said.
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