Leaders in the House and Senate are racing to prevent a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will begin at midnight unless Congress approves a funding bill.
The Senate late Friday approved by unanimous consent a continuing resolution [CR] that would fund DHS for one week, and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he is “confident” the House would pass the bill before a partial government shutdown begins.
“Progress has been made all during the day. I appreciate… the cooperation of everyone involved. I’m confident the House will pass a seven-day CR tonight and there will be full funding for the Department of Homeland Security,” Reid said.
Leaders were forced to move to the one-week bill after a three-week version was defeated in the House earlier Friday in a stunning vote.
The bill failed 203-224, with 52 Republicans voting against legislation that was set to fund the DHS and its associated agencies through March 19. Twelve Democrats voted for it.