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Latest Government Shutdown Narrowly Averted

March 2, 2015
Late Friday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that averted the partial government shutdown that had been threatened over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill was passed after an earlier stop-gap funding bill that would have kept DHS funded for three weeks was defeated by House Democrats. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rallied support for another bill that will fund the agency for one week. The Senate passed the measure by a voice vote, and President Obama signed it into law just before midnight on Friday.
 
The next move will be for conference committee to be convened to work on a longer-term solution. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that he will block a conference over concerns that Republicans will attempt to attach immigration riders to a DHS funding bill. His preferred solution would be to pass a clean bill funding DHS that would keep the government funded and running. 
 
Source: The Hill