USCIS Pleads for Money to Avoid Furloughs, Democrats Float Making the Funds Contingent on Policy Changes

Government Executive: Lawmakers on Wednesday pledged to help a federal agency avoid furloughing most of its workforce in the coming weeks, but the demands some are making for policy changes to accompany any financial assistance raise questions as to whether partisan gridlock will prevent Congress from intervening before employees are sent home without pay.

Joseph Edlow, the deputy director for policy at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, pleaded with lawmakers on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Citizenship and Immigration to provide the $1.2 billion his agency has requested from Congress to avoid furloughing about 70% of its workforce.

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