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A Republican bill to provide a three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, indicating support for final passage in the chamber. The House voted 240-183 along strict party lines to approve a procedural rule that allows a vote on the funding extension later in the day, ahead of a midnight deadline that would trigger a partial shutdown of the domestic security agency. The House temporary funding extension is aimed at allowing Republicans to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders that lift the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants. The Senate on Friday passed a full-year $39.7 billion funding measure for Homeland Security that does not include any immigration restrictions.
Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges. With Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble promising not to let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners, 542 members of the Bundestag voted "yes" to the extension, while 32 opposed it and 13 abstained.