Thursday, January 26, 2023

US Congress rushes through public funding for $1.7 trillion

by Richard Cowan

December 20 – US congressional negotiators introduced a $1.7 trillion government funding bill on Monday as lawmakers scrambled to pass the measure, which includes record military spending, before temporary funding runs out by the end of the week.

The total funding proposed by the bill exceeds the nearly $1.5 trillion appropriated last year.

Senate and House leaders aim to pass the bill and send it to Democratic Party President Joe Biden before the weekend to ensure government business is not disrupted.

For months, Democrats and Republicans have argued over how much money should be spent on military and non-military programs.

The bill includes $44.9 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine and its allies. i will and $40.6 billion to help communities across the country recover from natural disasters and other issues.

It would also top this year’s record military spending of $858 billion, which is higher than last year’s $740 billion and Biden’s request.

Both Democrats and Republicans had tried to fit as many legislative wishes as possible into the “omnibus” bill, which would extend government funding through the end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2023, without derailing the entire package.

Failure to process could lead to a partial government shutdown starting Saturday, just before Christmas, with the possibility of a months-long impasse after Republicans take control of the House on Jan. 3, with Biden taking control of both houses of Congress. has been terminated. Democrat.

Negotiators worked throughout the weekend to finalize the bill, which could still be changed by the full House or Senate.

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