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House Approves One Week’s Worth of Funding for Department of Homeland Security

House speaker John Boehner in a photo taken Friday.

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After earlier rejecting a bill that would have funded the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks, the House of Representatives late Friday voted 357 to 60 to keep the department operational for a single week as House Republicans continue their campaign to halt President Obama’s immigration reforms by using DHS funding as leverage. From the Huffington Post:

A majority of Democrats joined Republicans to vote for the short-term fix, after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her colleagues that the passage of the one-week resolution would assure a vote on a full funding bill next week. Democratic leadership aides said they were assured that the House would take up a full-year funding bill next week if they helped pass the one-week continuing resolution on Friday. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel insisted that no such promise had been made.

The Senate, which has already voted overwhelmingly to fund DHS through September without any immigration-related conditions, also approved the one-week extension.