House Republicans oppose the Senate bill because it does not include provisions aimed at gutting President Obama’s executive order delaying deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, under pressure for conservatives, attempted to advance the short-term measure to buy more time to fight over the immigration policies.
House Democrats instead say the chamber should instead support the Senate-passed bill, which was approved earlier Friday in a bipartisan 68-31 vote.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Congress’ struggle to find a final resolution to the funding fight “exposes the danger of playing politics with our homeland security.”
A shutdown would result in the furlough of more than 30,000 of the agency’s 240,000 employees. Most employees are considered too essential to the nation’s security to be furloughed, so they would have to work without pay.
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