Congress releases spending bill to fund government through September

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Congress released a new bipartisan spending bill early Tuesday morning that would fund the government through next fall.

Federal spending will be increased from the last fiscal year under the bill, and it will allocate $858 billion to military spending and more than $772 billion to domestic programs for the remainder of the fiscal year ending in September.

The $1.7 trillion legislation includes sending additional money to Ukraine to support its ongoing war with Russia, electoral reforms designed to clarify a vice president’s role in certifying electoral votes, and introducing a. to prevent a repeat of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“Completing the omnibus is critical, absolutely critical to supporting our friends in Ukraine,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.

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Congress released a new bipartisan spending bill early Tuesday morning that would fund the government through next fall. (stock/iStock)

The bill will also provide $40 billion to help American communities recover from droughts, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

This is expected to be the last major bill passed by the current Congress. Lawmakers are seeking to pass the spending package before midnight on Friday to avoid the possibility of a partial government shutdown by Christmas.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had said he would look for a short-term package in the new year if the spending measure does not receive bipartisan support this week. This would guarantee that the new majority of the Republican House would shape legislation.

Still, McConnell suggested the recently released spending package was a win for Republicans, even though many in the party are expected to vote against it. He said the Republicans managed to add more defense spending beyond what President Biden requested, while also scaling back some domestic spending on the president’s list of priorities.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

McConnell suggested the recently released spending package was a win for Republicans, even though many in the party are expected to vote against it. (Getty Images / Getty Images)

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“Congress rejects the Biden administration’s vision and does the exact opposite,” McConnell said.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., would like to delay the spending package until Republicans take control of the House in the next Congress.

The 2023 spending package comes nearly three months after it should have been ready. The aim was for it to be ready by October 1, the day the government’s fiscal year began.

The late completion is not uncommon, however, as the last time Congress passed all of its bills at the beginning of the fiscal year was in 1996, when the Senate finished its work on September 30, the last day of the fiscal year. .

Chuck Schumer press conference

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was critical that the US provide additional aid to Ukraine for its ongoing war with Russia. ((AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) / AP Newsroom)

The bill’s release was delayed for hours due to disagreements between Maryland and Virginia over language regarding the location of the FBI’s future headquarters.

The bill would also ban downloading TikTok on government-issued smartphones and other devices, and extend the ban currently imposed by the Pentagon and some other US agencies to all government devices.

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Some items on the wish list that Democrats pushed for but were excluded from the package include immigration provisions, cannabis banking measures and an expansion of the child tax credit.

The Senate is expected to vote on the spending bill first, but Democrats need the support of at least 10 Republicans to pass it and send it to the House.

“I’m confident that both sides can find things in it that they can enthusiastically support,” Schumer said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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