House passes bill to temporarily fund DHS

House passes bill to temporarily fund DHS
© Greg Nash

The House on Thursday passed a Democratic-backed bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 28.

The bill passed in a 231-180 vote, with five Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the measure. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment Democrats leave impeachment on the table Michael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable MORE (N.Y.) was the lone Democrat to vote against it. The bill is not expected to see any movement in the upper chamber.


The legislation — introduced by House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman-designate Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardOvernight Defense: Dem chair rejects Pentagon request to use B for border wall | House fails to override Trump veto | Pelosi at AIPAC vows Israel won't be 'wedge issue' Coast Guard has still not recovered from shutdown, commandant says The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump unveils budget wish list with domestic cuts, defense hikes MORE (D-Calif.) — would provide no new funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE's proposed border wall. Democrats have brought up a series of clean funding bills in an attempt to place pressure on GOP lawmakers to break with the administration in their demand for funding for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Its passage comes on the 34th day of the partial government shutdown, as negotiators continue to struggle to find a path forward to reopen the government.

Democrats have called on Republicans to reopen the government before negotiating how to best handle border security while President Trump has vowed not to sign any spending bill that doesn't include funding for the wall.

Tensions between the two parties have intensified in recent days, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Moulton enters 2020 White House race Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) retracting the president's invite for the State of the Union until the government has reopened. 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed growing frustrations with the ongoing shutdown and its impact on their districts.