Posted: Jun 8, 2012 9:44 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - The GOP-controlled House has passed a $46 billion measure funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives.
Thursday's 234-182 vote was unusually partisan. Homeland security programs traditionally have won widespread support, but the Obama administration issued a veto threat against the bill in a protest over unrelated budget cuts proposed by Republicans in excess of last summer's budget and debt deal.
GOP conservatives lost a battle with top members of the Appropriations panel over $5 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster money for hurricane, flood and tornado victims added to the budget as called for in the budget deal.
The Senate may take up the measure later this summer.
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