House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, to voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in backing the bill that averts a partial government shutdown.

The vote was a turnaround from a few hours earlier, when tea party conservatives rebelled against GOP leaders and helped sink a measure that would have ensured full funding for the agency for three weeks.

Democrats had opposed that measure, arguing that the department should be funded through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30.

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