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Homeland Security funding deal elusive

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 02 2015 Mar 2, 2015 March 02, 2015 1:21 AM March 02, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. But Senate Democrats are not interested in joining those talks.

The Senate is holding a procedural vote Monday on the question of talks between the two chambers.

Congress late Friday cleared a one-week extension for the department after 52 House conservatives defied their leadership and helped scuttle legislation that would have given the agency a three-week reprieve.

House Republican leaders are demanding that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration.

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