Feb 27, 2015 4:14 PM
FBI: ISIS has reached all 50 U.S. States
CONCORD - New Hampshire's U.S. senators both voted in favor of a bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security and leaves intact President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte acknowledged the importance of funding DHS. The Senate bill passed by a 68-31 vote Friday. It's a short-term measure that keeps DHS operating for three weeks. It headed to the House later Friday where it was voted down.
The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.
The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing, training and other policy functions would be furloughed.
Employees who keep working during a shutdown would not be paid until Congress approves additional funding.
The battle over funding comes just two days after the director for the FBI announced terrorist activity and recruiting across the U.S.
"Those people exist in every state. I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state. Until a few weeks ago there was 49 states. Alaska had none which I couldn't quite figure out. But Alaska has now joined the group so we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states," said James Comey, FBI Director.
In New Hampshire, terrorist activity is monitored on a regular basis.
"We get those tips into our information analysis center on a regular basis. Some are nothing, some obviously are important to pass on to the FBI, DHS or deal with a local level but certainly those tips come in every day and they're followed up on," said Perry Plummer, NH Department of Homeland Security Director.
"Just this week we saw three Brooklyn men arrested wanting to go over and fight with ISIS but saying that they would be willing to engage in a terrorist attack here at home and the department of homeland security was crucial in getting that done," said New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Shaheen said passing the DHS bill without "extraneous policy riders" was in the best interest of the country's security.
Ayotte said it was critical to keep DHS employees working. She later voted for a separate bill to defund Obama's 2014 action on immigration. That bill failed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.