WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The extension passed 357 to 60 to fund the DHS until March 6 before US Congress will need to meet again to decide how to pass long-term funding for the agency.
“This continuing resolution will last until March, 6 allowing us the needed additional time to continue negotiating a path forward on how to fund DHS for the rest of the year… I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this critical legislation,” US Representative Harold Rogers of Kentucky said ahead of the final vote on Friday evening.
“I urge my colleagues to put us on a path to enactment of the Senate passed long-term funding of DHS by voting in favor of the seven day path,” US Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard of California added before the final vote was made.
The short-term funding proposal is now awaiting US President Barack Obama’s approval, a measure that the White House said earlier on Friday the president would approve if it is presented to him.
Earlier on Friday Congress failed to pass a measure that would authorize funding for the DHS through March 19.
The House Joint Resolution was introduced just hours before the funding deadline would have authorized temporary funding for the DHS for a period of three weeks. The measure was supported by a majority of Republicans, but failed to garner Democratic support.