Senate Passes $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill

Thursday afternoon the Senate passed the $1.7 trillion spending bill. This comes after a fight over immigration policy that nearly derailed the legislation. The bill’s passage in Senate will send it to the House. Where it has been speculated Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to hold a vote as early as Thursday evening, to allow lawmakers time to depart for the Christmas holiday weekend.

The bill was passed with a 68-29 vote. In which the $1.7 trillion will provide $858 billion for defense, $787 billion for non-defense domestic programs, nearly $45 billion for military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and $15 billion additional dollars from 7,200 earmarks in the more than 4,000-page bill.

While both parties negotiated the spending bill in the Senate, it faced opposition from the majority of Republicans. Although, a handful of Republicans did vote with all Democrat members to pass the bill. The actual vote ended out slightly lower than what was measured earlier in the week as Senate took a vote to overcome the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Several Republicans also attempted to hold the vote, arguing the GOP-controlled House would create a longer hold-up in January, or they attempted to add to the bill enough to make it impossible for the House to pass. For instance, Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, brought up that the spending bill ignores Senate’s own rule which aims at making sure new spending is paid for using spending cut money – which the Senate then voted to waive in a 65-31 vote. Then, on Wednesday the bill was almost derailed by a Republican push to add “immigration language” to the bill. In an attempt to exchange speeding up the voting process Republicans, led by Senator Mike Lee from Utah, asked to keep Title 42 – a Trump-era policy. This held up Senate for a couple of hours, though it ultimately failed before the bill was inevitably passed.

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Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
1 month ago

Disgusting cave by RINOs. The list includes many of the usual suspects that have plagued the Republican Party and the Country during the last several years. Too many have survived primary opportunities to be defeated. This vote even clearly identified Texas Senator Cornyn as just another Washington establishment politician and revealed that the State only has one Senator with the integrity to represent us. Thankfully, we do have Sen. Ted Cruz.

randy
1 month ago

I see Biden is going to get another million or so from Ukraine. Must be nice to be a crook.

Mario flush three times it’s a long way to Washin
Mario flush three times it’s a long way to Washin
1 month ago

Can’t believe that y’all passed the 1.7 trillion there’s isn’t one republican that can say they’ve read the contents or what the heck was hidden in it? The Liberal Democratic Congress pull a fast one! Not a single republican had the time to understand the democrats politicians knowingly used the budget to hoodwink y’all there’s was over 4,000 plus pages which contain more pork in it and ambiguous dangerous and outrageous spending there wasn’t any monies for southern boards security and immigration enforcement laws. The democrats have used the government shutdown for years to their political agendas this budget bill should have been tabled to give the senate time to review and read the contents? Y’all should’ve used emergency funding till this happened republicans RINO’S like Liz and her are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s Clothing their no different than any political hack and hurting the party and the rest of y’all are the lames sheep’s going to slaughter and your Roderick is nothing but a dog with no teeth and no BACKBONE? Lincoln before the Civil War said no True words A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND A LONE.