Congress Averts Shutdown of Homeland Security

House, Senate agree to one-week reprieve
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2015 4:32 PM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2015 10:06 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Congress passed a one-week bill late tonight to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call. That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, and capped a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match. Hours after House conservatives joined with Democrats to vote down a three-week funding measure, 224-203, the Senate presented a one-week alternative to keep the agency open.

That amounted to a take-it-or-leave it offer less than three hours before the deadline. Some Republican opponents—members of a "Freedom Caucus"—sat together in the chamber as the vote total mounted in the legislation's favor. This time, Nancy Pelosi urged rank-and-file Democrats to support the short-term measure, saying it would lead to passage next week of a bill to fund the agency through the Sept. 30 end of the budget year without immigration add-ons. Aides to Speaker John Boehner promptly said there had been no such promise made.

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