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House expected to pass $1.7 billion spending bill over GOP objections


The House of Representatives is expected to pass a $1.7 trillion spending bill on Friday despite objections from Republicans who unsuccessfully urged their Senate GOP colleagues to defeat the bill.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will push it through with a short-term funding measure to avoid a partial government shutdown that would otherwise occur after Friday, a move that will allow time to process the giant bill covering the rest of the year. The House Republican leadership actively opposes the bill.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called on Congress to pass a short-term funding bill that keeps government open until mid-January. That timeline would give Republicans more leverage to extract concessions from Biden on policy when they take control of the House in January.

“We’re two weeks, 14 days away from having a stronger hand in negotiations,” McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle this week.

SENATE PASSES $1.7 trillion SPENDING BILL WITH REPUBLICAN HELP

The House of Representatives is expected to pass a $1.7 trillion spending bill on Friday, over objections from Republicans.

Despite McCarthy’s push, the Senate passed the spending Thursday with the help of 18 GOP senators.

The bill, which includes more than $7,200 in appropriations totaling more than $15 billion, ensures the government will be funded through the end of September 2023. It provides $858 billion for defense, $787 billion for dollars for non-defense national programs and nearly $45 billion for the military. and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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“The bill is so important to get done because it will be good for families, for veterans, for our national security, even for the health of our democratic institutions,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.

While the two parties negotiated the spending bill in the Senate, it drew significant opposition from Republicans.

Several Senate Republicans even mounted last-minute pressure to block the measure before the final vote. Arguing that a GOP-controlled House could demand greater concessions from President Biden in January, Republicans have sought to modify the bill in a way that Democrats say would make it impossible to pass the House.

The $1.7 trillion spending bill maintains government funding until the end of September 2023 and is expected to be signed by Biden shortly after it passes the House.

The $1.7 trillion spending bill maintains government funding until the end of September 2023 and is expected to be signed by Biden shortly after it passes the House.
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“Senate Republicans should instead support a short-term spending bill, allowing the new Congress — along with the new Republican House — to begin the spending process again in January,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Late Wednesday, the bill was nearly derailed by a Republican push to add immigrant language. In exchange for agreeing to speed up the voting process, Lee wanted a vote to keep in place a Trump-era immigration policy that has blocked millions of immigrants from entering the United States. This so-called Title 42 policy, which was invoked at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, allows immigration to be restricted for public health reasons.

Senators Lee and GOP hoped that a simple majority vote on the amendment keeping Title 42 in place would win the support of enough red state democrats pass.

Lee’s request froze the Senate for several hours and he accused Democrats of ducking the issue because the measure could easily pass. Although popular with some moderate Democrats, the Title 42 policy is widely opposed by progressives in the House and likely would have defeated the bill.

On Thursday morning, Schumer agreed to give Lee his vote, but also staged a vote on an amendment by independent Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema that would have kept Title 42 in place and increased funding for enforcement and treatment. of immigration.

The Senate rejected Sinema’s amendment, which required 60 votes to pass. But Sinema’s language allowed moderate Democrats facing tough re-election challenges in 2024, like Sinema and Montana Sen. Jon Tester, to vote to keep Title 42 while opposing Lee’s amendment. which also failed due to lack of Democratic support.

Senators Lee and GOP hoped that a simple majority vote on an amendment keeping Title 42 in place would win the support of enough red state Democrats to pass.

Senators Lee and GOP hoped that a simple majority vote on an amendment keeping Title 42 in place would win the support of enough red state Democrats to pass.
(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“This was a workaround designed by Schumer to protect the budget without putting vulnerable senators on a limb,” a Senate Democratic aide said. “Everyone won except Mike Lee.”

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The Senate also brushed aside an argument from Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., that the giant spending bill ignores Senate rules aimed at ensuring that new spending is paid for with spending cuts. But when forced by Paul to deal with the issue, the Senate voted 65 to 31 in favor of waiving Senate budget rules.

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