Partial DHS shutdown averted; President Obama signs bill to fund agency for one week

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink.

Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline.

Typically, when Obama signs important legislation, he issues a statement addressing its significance. But the White House issued only a sparse, one-sentence notice of Obama's signature.

Obama and Democrats wanted full-year funding but clashed with Republicans over whether to include language repealing Obama's immigration actions. The White House had said Obama would only sign a short-term bill if the alternative were letting Homeland Security shut down.

Obama's signature also starts the clock on the next deadline. It's unclear how Congress will seek to fund the agency beyond next week.

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