US lawmakers vote to avoid homeland security shutdown
February 28 , 2015
Lawmakers in the US passed a one-week extension of funding hours before the deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of homeland security.
The House of Representatives backed the short-term bill 357-60 after the Senate had passed it.
This will ensure that the 250,000 employees of the department are paid until a long-term deal is discussed.
Earlier, a three-week funding extension had been rejected by Republicans. President Obama spoke to Democratic leaders over phone before the latest vote to ensure that the short-term measure was passed.