House clears DHS bill for Obama


Washington (CNN) – The Department of Homeland Security won’t run out of money anytime soon.

The House cleared legislation Tuesday that will keep the agency operating through the end of September after a standoff last week threatened to shutter the agency and furlough thousands of workers. The 257-167 vote sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely casts votes, backed the bill, along with his top lieutenants. A majority of House Republicans opposed the bill. Just 75 GOP lawmakers joined with 182 Democrats to push it across the finish line.

The legislation does nothing to rein in Obama’s immigration executive orders — a top priority of conservatives. That issue was a sticking point for weeks as Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to the repeal of the orders but the party couldn’t overcome Democratic filibusters in the Senate.

The debate sparked plenty of drama on Capitol Hill over the past week. The House stayed in session late into the night on Friday after conservatives helped block a bill that would have kept DHS open for 3 weeks. Amid rumors of a potential coup, Speaker John Boehner pushed through a bill that kept the agency open until March 6 — just enough time to work out today’s deal.

Boehner told his members Tuesday morning that he had run out of options and the Senate couldn’t pass a bill with immigration language attached.

He asked if anyone had any questions and not one member stood up or complained.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson praised the vote in an email to the department’s employees.

“Without a doubt, the path to get here was an 11th-hour roller-coaster ride,” he wrote. “But, in the end Congress provided a strong bipartisan vote of confidence in our department and your work.”

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  • Delia
    3 March 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    America slit her wrists when they elected Barack Obama and now she is bleeding to death under his leadership.

  • Winnie grepo
    3 March 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I just hope there could be new immigration reform passed in the Obama Administration….

  • Arbi
    3 March 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Hey Delia and Republicans, you lose, President Barack Obama Wins … Boom!!!

    • Generoso Magaoay
      3 March 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Arbi, you need to reinvent that line you have there? Boom!!! According to Vice-Ganda’s song, Boom-Peenis! Boom! Boom! Peenis!
      President Obamas catch line is this…Fellow Americans, if you want some change, now is the time for a change we can all believe in…

    • Delia
      3 March 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Ahhh Arbi has finally came out of his cave. Cheap shots and senseless pathetic drivel.

      So, you must be having tingles between your legs, now you can have permit and drivers license. America is being whittled down. Almost half of the population is cheering the demise.

      But let me remind you that robots are improving rapidly, so before too much longer we might not even need you for anything! Not even lawnmowing!

      • Arbi
        4 March 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        @Delia … Go Fetch!

  • Filam
    3 March 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    There goes the America we know. We will become a third world contry
    Learn spanish..orale
    We are so screwed. Thank you democRATS

  • Arbi
    3 March 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Put the crack pipe down Delia. It makes you say really stupid stuff and you sound like an idiot.

    • Delia
      3 March 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      What an a$$h*$@ response! Must be an Obama lover.

      You need to realize- The United States Gov’t is NOT your momma or daddy- They (nor the taxpaying public) we don’t owe you, or anyone else a living, shelter, healthcare or anything else.

      • Arbi
        4 March 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

        @Delia … I’m not hungry for baloney.

  • Delia
    3 March 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Arbi ,Peddle your illegal propaganda someplace else, where the people are too ignorant to know any better.

    “Abject ignorance”, “stupidity”, “tripe and drivel”. I always know when I have won a debate. It’s when dopes like you start using the language you use.

    • Arbi
      4 March 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      @Delia … What’s that you say? You don’t smoke crack. Oh, OK I get it. That must just be your normal self.

      • Delia
        5 March 2015 at 7:41 am - Reply

        As usual, no substance, all ad hominem.
        You’re just too freaking stupid to debate, so you thought you would post bullshite.

        Go bury your head in the sand where the sun dont shine , You’re as dumb as bacteria in a turd. And You need a lesson in english language. You bore me with your limited repertoire and vocabulary.

        • Arbi
          6 March 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

          I know that you just want attention and I’m giving it yo you, but once the dust settles,you’re still a”dude” in a dress … BOOM!

  • noz
    3 March 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    obobo / the demoncraps are now going to squander the tax dollars appropriation of the DHS, spending them on, who else? nothing but to benefits the illegal aliens. the blacks unemployments at the highest are the losers on this deal. so be it, they sure don’t rally to protest as long as its their own kind doing the deceivings / the shootings. the economic damage is unstoppable with illegal aliens to receive free money of $35,000 tax credit each. the silence of the american majority is indeed creepy / scary where this nation is headed to, ushered by an anti american, commie obobo selling america to china to the tune of trillions he borrowed / couldn’t even pay the principal amount. oh wait, the hispanics maybe multiplying in millions, they don’t have the dough like china, so their speaking spanish is going to be toppled by the chinese in the next, next generations.