CLOSE CALL! House Passes Government Spending Bill Two Days Before Government Shutdown

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  • 08/19/2022

The House voted Wednesday to pass a funding resolution that will keep the government running through September - just two days before a government shutdown. 

The whopping $1.5 trillion spending package - intended to be for the entire 2022 fiscal year - includes $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine and a 5.6 percent increase in overall defense spending, bringing the total to $782 billion.

The package also increases discretionary domestic spending by 6.7 percent to $730 billion and includes a formal end to the 2011 earmark ban.

Additionally, the package includes the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion.

Republicans fought hard, over the objections of many Washington Democrats, to give our Armed Forces the resources they need. And we won. This agreement provides significantly more money than the Biden Administration requested for defense and significantly less money than the Administration requested for non–defense. At my insistence, it also provides much more money for Ukraine than Democrats had proposed, particularly for authorities and funding to deliver crucial military equipment to Ukraine quickly,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement endorsing the package, per the Daily Caller. 

The resolution passed in two parts, with the defense portion passing 361 to 69 and the non-defense portion passing 260 to 171. 

The House Rules Committee also passed a measure that would extend the Senate’s deadline to pass the package to March 15th.

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