House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

John Boehner
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio heads to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Pressure shifts to House Republicans after Senate GOP leaders agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives 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 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 Republican 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.

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