House clears DHS bill for Obama

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Department of Homeland Security won’t run out of money anytime soon.

The House cleared legislation Tuesday that will keep the agency operating through the end of September after a standoff last week threatened to shutter the agency and furlough thousands of workers. The 257-167 vote sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely casts votes, backed the bill, along with his top lieutenants. A majority of House Republicans opposed the bill. Just 75 GOP lawmakers joined with 182 Democrats to push it across the finish line.

The legislation does nothing to rein in Obama’s immigration executive orders — a top priority of conservatives. That issue was a sticking point for weeks as Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to the repeal of the orders but the party couldn’t overcome Democratic filibusters in the Senate.

The debate sparked plenty of drama on Capitol Hill over the past week. The House stayed in session late into the night on Friday after conservatives helped block a bill that would have kept DHS open for 3 weeks. Amid rumors of a potential coup, Speaker John Boehner pushed through a bill that kept the agency open until March 6 — just enough time to work out today’s deal.

Boehner told his members Tuesday morning that he had run out of options and the Senate couldn’t pass a bill with immigration language attached.

He asked if anyone had any questions and not one member stood up or complained.

CNN’s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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2 comments

  • Joe

    That department does not do anything under Team-Obama anyway, and illusion show, it’s like saying that ICE or border patrol does anything other than feed illegals and turn their eyes the other way when witnessing crime pour right on in.

    • tj

      Indeed, like the ATF, EPA, FDA and everyones favorite the IRS…DHS does nothing but create a need for the gov to take more money from us and give nothing in return. Imagine how different things would be if the gov was held to the same legal and moral standards the rest of us are.