To avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Congress passed a one week bill
Just minutes before the midnight deadline, President Obama signed a bill that will provide funding to the DHS .
RT report: The legislation got bogged down with the Democrats pushing for one-year funding of the DHS, while the Republicans hoped to include language that would repeal Obama’s unilateral immigration reform.
The White House issued a terse, one-sentence statement regarding Obama’s signature.
Prior to the vote in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged Democrats to vote for the one-week extension, saying that another vote fully funding the DHS would be held next week. Democrats and Republicans have sparred over funding for the last two months, with conservatives trying to use the spending bill to block President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
The extension does not contain provisions against the president’s immigration orders, and it’s unlikely that any measure to fully fund DHS for the next year will contain such measures.
Earlier Friday, the Senate passed a bill to fund the DHS in the face of a midnight deadline, but a smaller three-week extension failed in the House of Representatives despite garnering the support of GOP leadership, leaving the fate of the agency up in the air.