Updated Mar 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy
Congress passes $1.5 trillion bill to fund government
The Senate on Thursday passed a $1.5 trillion budget bill to fund the government through the end of September.
Why it matters: The bill includes an emergency funding requested by the White House to provide humanitarian and security assistance to Ukraine amid Russia's brutal invasion.
- The vote represents a significant breakthrough after Congress had to pass three stopgap funding measures to keep the government open the last five months.
- The House passed the budget bill on Wednesday before recessing for Democrats' annual retreat.
Driving the news: The Senate voted 68-31 to pass the bill.
- The House had passed the bill in two separate votes: 361-69 to pass the defense portion of the package and 260-171 to pass the non-defense portion.
The details: The budget bill contains $13.6 billion around Ukraine, split between humanitarian and security assistance.
- Another $15.6 billion supplemental to combat Covid-19 was stripped from the bill after some House Democrats protested offsetting about half of it with unallocated state and local funds meant for their districts.
- That uproar caused an hours-long delay in voting which upended the first day of the Democratic retreat.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will consider that as a standalone bill next week.
What's next: The bill now heads to President Biden, who is expected to sign it before the government is set to run out of money on Friday.