WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved a roughly $1.7 trillion spending package that would fund the federal government until next fall and send another round of financial aid to Kyiv, a day after lawmakers welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Capitol Hill.
Approval of the sprawling package came less than three days after it was unveiled, as lawmakers raced to avoid a government shutdown and codify dozens of budget and legislative priorities. Mr Zelensky’s bold decision to travel to Washington has intensified pressure to act on the measure, which includes nearly $50 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The Senate voted 68 to 29 to send the bill to the House, which is expected to consider it on Friday. Once it passes the House, President Biden is expected to sign the measure.
The bill, which funds the government until the end of September, dramatically increases spending and provides $858 billion in military funding and more than $772 billion for domestic programs. To win the Republican votes needed for the measure to pass the Senate, Democrats agreed to a higher overall increase for military and defense programs compared to health, education and veterans policies they defend.