Washington — The House on Thursday approved $1.2 trillion in new funding for the Department of Homeland Security to bolster border security.
The bill, which cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate, also includes $400 million for border agents to assist in the enforcement of a 2014 executive order from President Donald Trump to deport some undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally.
The House approved the bill by a vote of 251-198.
The Senate had voted 51-48 to kill the bill.
House Republicans have sought to pass a border security bill as part of the fiscal 2018 budget resolution, but Senate Democrats have blocked their efforts.
The Senate has until Jan. 2 to approve the spending package, which would allow Congress to take up another $1,000 billion in federal funding for border security programs in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.