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US House passes $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill, sending legislation to Biden’s office


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2023, defunding the federal government and averting a shutdown that was supposed to begin when existing funding expires Friday.

House lawmakers passed the omnibus in a vote of 225 to 201, sending the bill to US President Joe Biden to sign into law. The Senate passed the law earlier Thursday. Lawmakers also included a measure providing an additional week of government funding to give Biden time to sign the bill.

The omnibus approves about $1.7 trillion in government spending, including $858 billion for US defense and $45 billion for Ukrainian defense. Lawmakers also included an amendment allowing seized Russian funds to be earmarked for aid to Ukraine.

Biden hailed the bill and its passage, saying it’s further proof that cooperation between the two major political parties in the United States is possible. Biden added that he looks forward to more bipartisan progress in 2023.

The bill was defeated by some Republican members of Congress, including Sen. Rand Paul and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy and his fellow House Republicans, who will take control of the lower house in the next Congress, have threatened to obstruct the legislative efforts of any member who votes for the omnibus.

The passage of the omnibus capped the “lame duck” session of Congress between the midterm elections and the new year, during which lawmakers also passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 858 billions of dollars.



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