|The DHS funding fight has proven a difficult test for Speaker|
John Boehner (R-OH) as he faces a Republican Congress
and a Democratic President.
Credit: J. Scott Applewhite
The stopgap measure allows the DHS to escape a temporary shutdown.
The measure passed the House 357-60. Obama signed the bill late Friday night.
House Democrats such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lambasted Republicans, telling them, "You have made a mess." Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who has expressed interest in a 2016 Presidential run, criticized those in his own party, saying, "There are terrorist attacks all over world and we're talking about closing down Homeland Security. This is like living in world of crazy people."
Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) had this to say: "The courts have acted. Accept the victor that the courts have given us, which is the President does not have the authority to do what he has done and vote to continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security. I think that is the right decision."
Conservative opponents of Obama's immigration actions were unmoved. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said, "I am not going to vote under any circumstances to fund illegal conduct [immigration actions]. If it's illegal, it's illegal."
Obama's immigration orders defer deportation for a number of illegal immigrants. One, which has been in effect since 2012, orders that certain people brought to the US illegally as children will not face deportation if they meet certain criteria.