WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says his budget has ideas that Republicans should embrace and urges Congress to approve spending for the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the year.
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Funding for homeland security expires Feb. 27. Republicans have attached measures that would undo Obama's immigration actions that aim to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation. Obama opposes that language.
Obama says department workers "need certainty in order to do their jobs."
Obama spoke at the beginning of a meeting with his Cabinet and day after sending his $4 trillion budget to Congress.
The president said he and his department heads would also discuss ways to make government more efficient.