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Obama signs one-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 1:29 PM
Barack Obama - AP

The United States Department of Homeland Security avoided a partial shutdown after Congress passed a one-week funding extension, hours before a midnight deadline.

The House of Representatives voted 357-60 in favour of a short-term bill that was earlier passed in the Senate.

It was signed by President Barack Obama shortly afterwards.

This will ensure that the department's 250,000 employees will be paid while a longer-term funding agreement is discussed.