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Jeh Johnson to NBC: Fight Over DHS Shutdown Is 'Incredible and Absurd'

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that Congress's battle over his agency's funding is "absurd."

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that Congress's battle over his agency's funding is "absurd."

"What we need is a fully funded Department of Homeland Security, particularly in these challenging times when we face a number of issues across the board. The Department is responsible for counterterrorism, cyber security, border security, port security, aviation security, maritime security; protection of our national leaders, obviously the secret service; responding to natural disasters. We are in the midst of a very harsh winter right now," he said.

"So to even be having a conversation about a potential shutdown of Homeland Security is incredible and absurd," he added.

Watch the whole interview here: