Washington: Senate Democrats have agreed to a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.
Spending for the department, which oversees the nation's borders, expires Friday at midnight. The showdown stems from Republican efforts to undermine Obama's executive order to protect millions of people from deportation.
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that he welcomed the opportunity to vote on the measure and said every Democrat will back it.
Reid said he looked forward to working with Republicans to get the measure done in the next 24 hours.
Reid spoke after a closed-door Democratic meeting. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed decoupling Homeland Security funding from immigration ahead of Friday's midnight deadline for the agency.