House Approves $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill Averting Shutdown

House Approves $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill Averting Shutdown

The House approved the $1.7 trillion government funding package that will provide increases to national security and domestic spending, plus billions of dollars to aid Ukraine.

The legislation now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.

From the New York Times:

The bill was the last major legislative accomplishment of the 117th Congress and set aside $858 billion in funds for the military that Republicans pushed for and more than $772 billion for the education, health and veterans programs Democrats have championed.

The measure, approved just before Christmas Eve, is the second major government funding bill passed during the Biden administration and served as the final opportunity for congressional Democrats to shape the federal budget while they retain control of both chambers.

On nearly party lines, the House approved the more than 4,000-page bill by a vote of 225 to 201, with one lawmaker voting present, a day after it was shepherded through the Senate.

Read the full report here.

Nine Republicans joined Democrats in passing the bill. What’s rich lots of Republicans slipped their own districts’ pork projects into the bill before turning around and voting ‘no’ on the legislation.

And so, they have it both ways – they bring home the bacon but can tell folks they said ‘no’ to spending. #laughable