Obama signs funding bill for Homeland Security
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President Obama on Wednesday signed a bill on Wednesday that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September, ending the threat of a partial government shutdown.

Obama praised Congressional Republicans for splitting DHS funding from measures that would defund his executive actions on immigration. Those actions would delay deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants and allow them to apply for work permits.

“I want to thank members of Congress for getting us a bill that’ll ensure that we can continue to fund the extraordinary work of our men and women at the Department of Homeland Security,” Obama said during the bill signing.

“They keep us safe every single day. And we want to make sure that they’ve got the resources and support that they need to do the job.”

The agency’s funding initially was set to run out last Friday, after Congress only authorized a short-term extension of its funding at the end of last year. 

Republicans had hoped that they would be in a better position to use the measure as a vehicle to halt the immigration executive actions, and Democrats dedicated to funding the entire agency with no strings attached.

After Senate Democrats blocked Republican efforts to strip out funding for the executive action, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans MORE (R-Ky.) allowed the Senate to vote on “clean” bill, which passed the Senate. 

House Republicans dug in their heels and refused to take the bill up, so Congress settled on a one-week stopgap measure on Friday. On Tuesday, House Republican leadership backed the Senate’s compromise and held a vote on the “clean” bill, which passed.  

Obama’s executive actions are currently on hold, thanks to a federal court decision that delayed their implementation until courts can decide whether the actions are constitutional.