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Obama Would Veto Republican Plan On Security Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Federal Trade Commissions office
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Federal Trade Commissions offices, January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama talked about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identity theft and improving consumer and students privacy. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would veto legislation proposed by the Republican-led House of Representatives that would block his immigration initiatives through a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

The department is responsible for counterterrorism efforts as well as for enforcing immigration laws.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the House plan would "muck around" with the agency at a critical time, given recent Islamic militant attacks in France.

"There's never a good time for Republicans to do something like this, but right now it seems like a particularly bad time to do so," Earnest told reporters. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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