House gives up amnesty fight, passes clean DHS funding bill

The House of Representatives voted 257-167 on Tuesday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30, finally giving up the fight against defunding Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration:

Most House Republicans voted against the measure because it leaves out language blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The bill passed with Democratic support.

House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday that even though Congress will not block Obama through its spending authority, a court-ordered injunction against President Obama’s directive will delay implementation.

“I believe this decision, considering where we are, is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country,” Boehner told Republicans in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, according to a witness. “The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.”

The bill passed the Senate last month, and will now move to Obama’s desk to receive his signature.