Updated 7:51 p.m. Feb. 27, 2015
The shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security has been averted, at least for one week as Congress passed a one-week appropriation bill late Friday night to fund the agency.
The bill was passed with a bipartisan vote of 357-60 in the House. The Senate passed the bill without a roll call.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged rank-and-file to pass the short-term measure, saying it will lead to the passage of a bill next week to fund the agency through the end of the fiscal year, but aides to Speaker John Boehner said no such promises have been made, the Associated Press reported.
Earlier in the day the department appeared set to shut down after the House voted 224-203 against short-term funding, with the San Diego delegation sharply split.
The partisan-charged atmosphere divided Republicans and Democrats on both sides of the issue. Reps. Darrell Issa, a Republican, and Scott Peters, a Democrat, voted to continue funding, while Republican Duncan Hunter and Democrats Susan Davis and Juan Vargas voted against it.
The bill would have provided funding for three weeks, and President Obama indicated he would sign it.
Conservative Republicans voted against funding to protest Obama’s executive orders on immigration, while many Democrats opposed the short-term aspect, seeking a bill that would pay for the agency through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
In California, an estimated 26,000 Border Patrol, Coast Guard and TSA personnel would have been required to work without pay starting at midnight, though they could be reimbursed later.
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