House panel approves homeland bill, bars Brazilian immigrants


The amendment would have raised taxes on millionaires and oil companies, while cutting farm subsidies and Defense spending after 2017. It was defeated on a 20 to 25 party-line vote.

Democrats also failed to attach an amendment that would have required federal contractors to DHS to allow their own employees to share salary information with each other. Lawmakers argued that the measure is needed to ferret out discriminatory pay practices.

Republicans succeeded in attaching an amendment that would prevent immigration authorities from aiding abortions, except in certain life-threatening cases, rape and incest.

“This bill demonstrates how we can fund vital security programs while also reducing discretionary spending overall. We have prioritized essential security programs, including front-line operations, while streamlining other areas to get the most out of each and every taxpayer dollar," Carter said.