Obama: Congress delayed 'far too long' on Homeland Security

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Posted: Mar 03, 2015 7:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress delayed 'far too long' before passing a bill funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year.

The House voted 257-167 Tuesday to approve the bill. Obama says he'll sign it as soon as he receives it at the White House.

Obama says the bill will ensure that Americans who protect their country and its people have the resources needed to go their job. He says they're law enforcement professionals and "brave patriots" who deserve respect and gratitude. Obama says the agency's workers "do a remarkable job."

The bill's passage was a victory for Obama and Democrats, and a defeat for Republicans trying to overturn Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Without action, funding for the department would have expired at midnight Friday.