House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber before a vote on funding the Department of Homeland Security, in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disorder. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed by the House in a 257-167 vote was a Senate measure stripped of language attacking Obama’s orders, which lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. Obama said on Tuesday night he would sign the funding bill “as soon as I receive it,” and added in a statement: “Today, after far too long, Congress finally voted to fully fund” the agency.

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