House passes bill to fund border security during the shutdown


WASHINGTON – House Republicans passed a stopgap bill Thursday to restore federal funding to border security that has been cut during the government shutdown. It is the latest in a series of votes by House Republicans since the shutdown began to return funding to government functions that they favor.

Senate Democrats have mostly ignored the piecemeal funding bills, declining to cherry pick some parts of the government to fund over others during the political stalemate.

Frontline immigration officers and border security agents are still on the job, but thousands of support staff have been furloughed. The bill, called the Border Safety and Security Act, aims to ensure that border agents are paid their salaries, normal levels of fuel are available for vehicles and patrol aircraft, and support staff who help monitor the border are allowed to work. The bill passed, 249-175.,0,499606.story