Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, heads to the chamber for a procedural vote on a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that has produced partisan gridlock in the first several weeks of the new Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday evening, March 2, 2015. House Republicans want to use the measure to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Democrats have vowed to block any attempt to compromise on immigration and insist the Congress should approve a “clean” bill funding DHS. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies.

The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.

The outcome was a victory for Obama and Democrats, and a defeat for the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration by linking them to funding for Homeland.

Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to their strategy. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week.

 

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