Another amendment passed calling for assets seized from sanctioned Russian oligarchs to go to benefit Ukraine.
Negotiators released a deal on the funding bill early Tuesday, including $858 billion for the military over the next year and $772 billion for nondefense spending, of which $119 billion is for veterans’ care. The bill also includes nearly $45 billion in aid for Ukraine and more than $40 billion in disaster relief funding for the U.S. Additionally, it delays cuts to Medicare and other programs and includes the Electoral Count Act, which, in response to Donald Trump’s attempted coup, makes crystal clear that the vice president cannot refuse to certify an election and increases the number of lawmakers required to object to certifying a state’s electors.
As the Senate voted on amendments on Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s her “hope” to pass the omnibus bill in the House on Thursday night. It’s likely to be a late night in the House, though, since as Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman explains, it will take the Senate some time to get the bill to the House, after which the House Rules Committee will have to meet, after which the full House can move on to debate, the length of which will be affected by how dedicated House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is to posturing against it. Still, the House will be getting this done before the Friday midnight deadline.
By holding things up all along the way, Republican senators may have screwed themselves a little bit on a personal level:
Feel free to laugh at that. I did.
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