The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown on Friday after passing a one-week funding extension with just hours to spare before the money ran out. The House voted 357-60 to keep the DHS open, but it was no victory of the House GOP leadership. The Senate had approved a three-week extension earlier, but conservative Tea Party members rejected that compromise hammered out by Speaker John Boehner because it didn't go far enough in blocking President Obama's executive orders on immigration. The speaker was forced to turn to House Democrats to pass the bill, calling further into question Boehner's leadership ability and the GOP's promise to govern effectively after taking control of Congress last year.
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