KINGSHILL, US Virgin Islands ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden signed a $1.7 trillion spending initiative Thursday that would keep the federal government running through the end of the budget year in September 2023 and include handing over tens of thousands of dollars to Ukraine Is. Its fighting against the Russian military forces.
Biden had until Friday night to sign the bill to prevent a partial government shutdown.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the measure in a 225-201 partisan vote shortly before Christmas. The lower house voted a day after the Senate, also under Democratic control, approved the bill 68-29 with significantly more support from Republicans.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leader of House Republicans who is expected to be the next House speaker when the new session of Congress begins on Jan. 3, argued during the debate that the bill spends too much and does little to stop illegal immigration and inflow. There is little movement of fentanyl from Mexico to the United States.
McCarthy said of the measure, “It is a monstrous one of the most shameful acts I have ever seen in this body.”
McCarthy has sought the support of the most ardent conservatives in the Republican caucus, who have been largely left out because of the bill’s size and scope.
Republicans will have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives from Jan. 3 and many conservative members have announced they will not vote for McCarthy to become speaker of the lower house.
The funding bill includes an increase of nearly 6% for internal initiatives to $772.5 billion. Spending on defense programs will increase by about 10% to $858 billion.
The measure was approved just hours before funding from federal agencies ran out.