- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says it’s welcome news that the U.S. House has agreed to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

There are about 2,500 Homeland Security workers in Vermont.

Sanders’ comments came Tuesday after the House voted in favor of a $40 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama was expected to sign promptly. The vote averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday at midnight.

Sanders said the vote came after “weeks of an unnecessary, self-made crisis,” a reference to the political wrangling that tied the homeland security funding to immigration.

He says that with growing threats from terrorists around the world, it was “beyond belief that Republicans in the House were even thinking of shutting down the department.”

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