The House yesterday voted 249 to 175 in favor of a resolution to continue funding certain components of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that deal with border security.

The Border Safety & Security Act (H.J. Res. 79) would appropriate $18.8 billion in funding for Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Office of Biometric Identity Management, which manages the DHS biometric database called IDENT. The funding, which would be used in FY ’14, maintains spending rates at FY ’13 levels.

Republicans were joined by 21 Democrats in favor of the bill while Democrats cast all the opposing votes.

The bill is one of 15 passed by the Republican-led House in the past week in an effort to fund certain functions of the federal government, which has been mired in a shutdown since Oct.1. However, the Democratic-led Senate has no plans to take up any of the bills and has the support of the White House.