Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California and former secretary of Homeland Security, released a statement on Thursday in which she urges Congress to pass a bill to fund the department.
In the statement, she stresses the importance of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and echoed the calls from Secretary Jeh Johnson to pass a clean bill. She states that many disagree with executive actions taken by President Barack Obama but reiterates that the funding to DHS should not compromised with measures against the Obama administration.
“I stand with Secretary Johnson, along with former Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff, in calling for the passage of a clean full-year appropriations bill for DHS," Napolitano said. "That is what the men and women of DHS deserve. That is what this country deserves.”
Napolitano served as the Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 and was appointed by President Obama when he was elected. She oversaw the department during several crises including the Boston Marathon bombings, Hurricane Sandy and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that impacted the Gulf Coast.
The continuing resolution that is funding the department is set to expire Friday. According to a speech made by Johnson, the funding shortage would furlough up to 30,000 employees within the department and many would be going into work without pay.