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US Senate strikes homeland security deal, deadline looms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on February 24, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DCUS Senate leaders struck a deal Wednesday to avert an ugly shutdown and fund the US homeland security department through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday’s deadline. The fate of US security operations including border patrols, airport screening and Secret Service protection hung in the balance as lawmakers bickered about how to break an impasse over funding the Department of Homeland Security, which has become embroiled in a partisan fight over immigration. Republicans, irate over Obama’s unilateral action in November to shield millions of undocumented workers from deportation, tied the DHS funding to efforts to halt the president’s immigration orders. As the 2016 presidential race geared up, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to blink.

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