U.S. Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) steps to the podium to speak about funding for the Department of Homeland Security during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday moved to avert a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency this weekend, voting to clear the way for a funding bill free of contentious immigration issues. Hurdles remained, with conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives still opposed, and procedural negotiations threatening to delay final votes beyond a Friday funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security encompasses the Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration as well as border, immigration and several other federal agencies.

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