House approves Homeland Security funding in 257-167 vote

The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a monthslong impasse over President Obama’s immigration policies and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency. The vote highlighted the rift in the GOP over the measure, as all of the 167 no votes came from Republicans — more than twice as many as the 75 who supported the bill. It cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of the House’s Democrats. Out of 21 House GOP committee chairmen, 12 broke with leadership and voted “no” on the clean funding bill. Nine voted “yes.” The vote allows Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to finally turn the page on an ugly chapter in his leadership that consumed the opening months of the new Republican-controlled Congress.<more>

March 3, 2015 The Hill