Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House
WASHINGTON - The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down.
The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House GOP leaders, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Next steps were not immediately clear.
Some conservatives opposed the bill because it left out provisions to block executive actions President Barack Obama took on immigration, which Republicans have vowed to overturn.
House leaders tried to win lawmakers over arguing a three-week extension bought them more time to fight Obama while his immigration directives are on old in court. But conservatives abandoned the bill in droves and Democrats refused to make up the difference, pressing for a full-year funding bill instead.