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Mayor De Blasio, NY Officials Blast House GOP Over DHS Funding

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of Congress expressed outrage Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security could, again, run out of money at the end of the week.

As WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported, the mayor described Republicans' tinkering with Homeland Security funding as inappropriate, unfair and dangerous.

Mayor De Blasio, NY Officials Blast House GOP Over DHS Funding

"We never thought we'd have to protect ourselves without the partnership of the federal government and if this situation is not reversed that's exactly what we'll be dealing with," de Blasio said.

Some Republicans in the House have threatened to deprive funding as a protest over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration reform.

"...They have chosen to blackmail the country by saying we are going to make you less safe -- we are going to make you more susceptible to terrorist attacks until we get our way," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

In previous versions of the long-term bill, Republicans attached amendments that would prevent federal funds from being spent to enforce Obama's executive order to protect some 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

A one-week extension of funding was passed on Friday.

House Democrats said they do expect a clean funding bill by week's end.

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