Some Republican Governors back Homeland Security showdown

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks with reporters at the conclusion of the opening session of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Republican governors are urging the party’s congressional leaders to stand firm against legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if the bill doesn’t also overturn President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Governors in both parties in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its latest budget standoff. Homeland Security’s $40 billion budget runs out Feb. 27, giving federal lawmakers only a few days to reach an agreement once they return from recess next week.

A handful of high-profile Republicans say that stopping what they see as Obama’s unconstitutional power grab may be as important as resolving the funding dispute. The White House last week postponed plans to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation after a federal judge in Texas blocked the effort.

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