Governors to Meet with Pres. Obama at the White House Monday

White House
Posted at 4:26 AM, Feb 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 04:26:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown.

They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning.

The meeting comes days before the DHS's $40 billion budget is set to run out, on Feb. 27, over a dispute over Obama's executive action on immigration. That meeting caps the annual winter gathering of the National Governors Association.

But Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who chairs the National Governors Association, said that governors would likely avoid divisive issues at their meeting.

Obama sounded a hopeful note, saying Sunday he was committed to working with the state leaders over the next two years.