A spending bill has been approved by congressional budget appropriators, giving other members of Congress until the 23rd of December to vote on it before the government shuts down. The bill is designed to fund government activities through the fall of 2023.
As we reported earlier this month, the bill would also fund Democrat priorities for nearly another year, despite the GOP flipping the House.
Below is a quick summary of which entities are getting what money.
- $45 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. This is billions more than the $37 billion Biden requested
- $5 billion in earmarks for 3,200 projects
- $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health
- $1 billion for Puerto Rico’s electrical grid
- $600 million to address water issues in Jackson, Mississippi
- The Senate version of the Electoral Count Reform Act, which would change the process for lawmakers to object to the certification of the presidential election
- Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) push to have a ban on TikTok on government devices is included in the omnibus
The bill was published at 1:30am eastern time on Tuesday.
Several Republicans came out strongly against the bill on Tuesday. Representative Thomas Massie said he is a “no” on the bill and gave listed reasons why he will be voting against the omnibus bill.
Representative Chip Roy tweeted out a printed response to the bill, signed by eight fellow members of Congress including Matt Gaetz and Andy Biggs. The response called the omnibus spending bill an “indefensible assault on the American people.”
Members of Congress will have until Friday to vote on the bill, which is expected to pass.
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