Capping off weeks of turmoil, the Senate on Friday passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through October, just hours before a scheduled shutdown and with the House pursuing a totally different path.
The chamber voted 68-31 to approve the measure, with dissenters including Sens. Marco Rubio, James Inhofe, Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions. But members are not out of the woods yet: the House remains highly skeptical of the Senate bill and is expected to send over a three-week continuing resolution to buy Republicans more time to negotiate among themselves before returning legislation to the upper chamber.
House GOP leaders spent Friday morning working to gather support for the three-week bill from skeptics in their own conference, particularly conservatives who don't want to let the Senate off the hook. House Democratic leaders made clear they would not provide Republicans with any help in their vote-gathering effort.
Senate passage has been all but assured since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered Democrats a clean funding bill earlier this week, stripping out controversial amendments defunding President Obama's executive action. McConnell took one of those provisions, defunding solely Obama's action at the end of 2014, and put it into a separate bill sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins.