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House in limbo as Senate moves toward funding Homeland Security Department as shutdown nears

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Boehner said he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Boehner said he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. House Republicans reacted tepidly at best Wednesday to calls from the upper reaches of both political parties for legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration-related add-ons opposed by the White House.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. House Republicans reacted tepidly at best Wednesday to calls from the upper reaches of both political parties for legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration-related add-ons opposed by the White House. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)  (The Associated Press)

  • President Barack Obama, right, waves after posing for photographs with MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart after a town hall meeting on immigration at Florida International University, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Barack Obama, right, waves after posing for photographs with MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart after a town hall meeting on immigration at Florida International University, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.

Many House Republicans say they aren't ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration. They are pressuring House Speaker John Boehner to hold firm against that approach, even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argues that it's the best way out of the GOP's dilemma.

No other options are apparent, aside from a partial shutdown of the agency charged with protecting the U.S. against terrorism. Without congressional action, that will happen at midnight Friday — and polls show Republicans likely to take the political blame.