Senate Votes To Pass Omnibus Spending Bill

December 22, 2022

The Senate voted Thursday to pass the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded past Friday and avoid a partial shutdown over the holidays.

By a vote of 68-29, the upper chamber overcame a possible filibuster, approving the more than 4,000 pages of legislation that will keep the government funded through next fall.

Among a variety of amendments, the bill includes reforms to the 1887 Electoral Count Act—meant to avoid another attempt to overturn the Presidential election as happened on January 6, 2021.

The bill also includes nearly $45 billion of additional military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

The legislation next heads to the House, which has one more day to pass it before a government shutdown on Friday at midnight. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that “our hope” was that the House would pass the bill on Thursday night—ahead of severe winter storms slamming the central U.S. and heading east toward Washington, putting lawmakers’ travel plans in jeopardy right before the holidays.

The omnibus spending package is likely to be one of the final bills taken up by the House before majority control passes from Democrats to Republicans on January 3.

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