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Senate Advances ‘Clean’ Bill to Extend DHS Funding

senateThe Senate voted 98-2 Wednesday to advance an appropriations bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security in 2015, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Sean Sullivan writes the Senate could put DHS funding legislation to a final vote before the agency runs out of funds Friday.

“We look forward to working with our Republican colleagues in the next 24 hours to get this done,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.

Senate Democrats have blocked a House version of the bill that would also take aim at President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action, according to The Post.

The Hill newspaper reported the executive order offers deportation deferrals and work visas for many undocumented immigrants.

Jordain Carney writes Senate Republican lawmakers plan to introduce a measure to undo Obama’s move.

“We won’t put procedural barriers in the way of debating it once a fully funded DHS bill is on the president’s desk to be signed,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), told reporters.

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