Democrats fundraise over shutdown-that-wasn't
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Saturday emailed supporters incorrectly saying that Republicans had allowed the Department of Homeland Security to shut down.
 
"Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security. It started at MIDNIGHT last night," the DCCC wrote in a fundraising email to supporters shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. 
 
"Together, we can make the Republicans regret their destructive choice to shut down President Obama’s agenda. Don’t miss this chance!" the email added. 
 
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The House averted a DHS shutdown late Friday after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rallied support in her caucus to help Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE (R-Ohio) move a one-week funding bill. The vote was 357-60. Fifty-five Republicans and a handful of Democrats voted against the measure. The Senate passed the same seven-day measure in a voice vote and President Obama signed the bill just before midnight. 
 
The moves capped off a dramatic week of fighting over funding the agency, an issue which has become linked, at least in the minds of many Republicans, to trying to roll back Obama's recent executive actions on immigration.
 
DHS launched into preparations for the shutdown ahead of the eleventh-hour vote, detailing the 13 percent of employees who would be furloughed should Congress not act.
 
The DCCC had also sent a fundraising email to supporters around 6:30 p.m. on Friday after the House failed to pass a different stop-gap measure funding DHS for three weeks.
 
The group emailed supporters around noon on Saturday, acknowledging their error and apologizing.
 
"We screwed up," they wrote. 
 
They added that the "actual bad news" was that Congressional fighting over the funding wasn't over
 
The committee had $6.85 million in the bank as of earlier this month, pulling most of that in January.