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Congress averts DHS shutdown with one-week spending fix

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 01:17

The House of Representatives gave final approval to a one-week stopgap spending bill for DHS, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. Linda So reports.

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With hours to spare before a midnight deadline, the House gave final approval Friday night to fund the Department of Homeland Security for one week. In urging her fellow House Democrats to support the one-week extension, minority leader Nancy Pelosi promised full funding would be next. SOUNDBITE: HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "Your vote tonight will assure that we will vote for full funding of the homeland security next week." Earlier on Friday, the House rejected a three-week funding extension for the agency when conservatives rebelled because the bill did not block President Obama's executive orders on immigration. SOUNDBITE: REP. JOHN CARTER, (R-TEXAS), SAYING: "We must stand up against the administration's overreach on immigration." Democrats were happy the bill was stripped of provisions to restrict Obama's immigration orders. But they were hoping for funding that would last through September... not just a stopgap measure. SOUNDBITE: REP. CORRINE BROWN, (D-FLORIDA), SAYING: "And we don't do that by punting our responsibility to protecting the American people." The drawn out political battle is also raising new questions about Speaker John Boehner's ability to manage conservatives and what his party will be able to accomplish in the new, Republican-run Congress.

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Congress averts DHS shutdown with one-week spending fix

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 01:17