House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill
WASHINGTON - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown.
The vote was 240-183, and it came just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the agency.
The procedural vote cleared the way for final passage of the legislation later in the day in the House and Senate.
The three-week funding bill leaves intact President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration - even though Republicans have vowed to repeal them.
House GOP leaders insist that agreeing to a short-term bill gives them another chance to try to overturn Obama's directives limiting deportations for millions.
But Senate Republicans have already admitted defeat and were moving to approve a full-year bill free of contentious immigration provisions.