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US House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown. The vote was 240-183, and it came just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the agency.

The three-week funding bill leaves intact President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration – even though Republicans have vowed to repeal them.

The Senate, meanwhile, has approved a full year of Homeland Security funding without the immigration provisions. And some House Republicans are predicting that they will eventually end up doing the same thing.

House GOP leaders had insisted that agreeing to a short-term bill gives them another chance to try to overturn Obama's directives limiting deportations for millions

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