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Obama administration pressures Congress to extend Homeland Security budget before deadline

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), joined by other members of the House Democratic caucus, speaks during a news conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol February 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held the news conference to call on House Republicans to pass a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), joined by other members of the House Democratic caucus, speaks during a news conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol February 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held the news conference to call on House Republicans to pass a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

President Barack Obama's chief of staff is pressuring the Republican-run Congress to extend funding for the Homeland Security Department after Feb. 27 — when its budget will shut off.

Denis McDonough tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Congress would keep getting paid, but vital employees at the border and airports — among other places — would have to work without pay while the funding dispute lingers.

Most department employees fall into exempted categories of workers who stay on the job in a shutdown because they perform work considered necessary to protect human life and property.

About 200,000 of the agency's approximately 230,000 employees would keep working even if Congress fails to fund their agency.

The agency's budget is caught up in a Capitol Hill fight over the president's immigration actions.

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