The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday to pass a bill to fund the government until December 16 and avoid a shutdown at the end of the week.
After the House passes the bill, it will go to President Joe Biden for his signature. Government funding expires at midnight on Friday. The Senate passed the bipartisan measure Thursday.
Lawmakers have expressed confidence that there will be no shutdown, but opposition to funding deadlines has become common in Congress in recent years.
Partly because it’s easier for opposing parties to reach last-minute deals to avoid a shutdown under tight time pressure.
This time, neither party wants to blame the shutdown, especially so close to November’s midterm elections, when control of Congress is at stake and Democrats and Republicans have to make their case to voters. the majority Lawmakers who are up for re-election are also eager to finish their work on Capitol Hill to campaign back in their home countries.
In addition to the money to keep government agencies going, the short-term funding measure introduced earlier this week provides about $12 trillion to Ukraine as Russia continues to fight its invasion of the country, and would require the Pentagon to report how U.S. dollars have fared. spend there Aid to Ukraine is a bipartisan priority.
The continuing resolution would also extend the FDA’s expiring user fee program by five years.
The additional $12 billion in funding for Ukraine gives the U.S. money to continue sending weapons to the U.S. to replenish U.S. stockpiles that have been sent to the country during the past seven months of conflict.
To continue providing weapons to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression, the bill allocates an additional $3 trillion to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. This pot of money allows the US to purchase and buy weapons from the industry and ship them into the country, instead of taking them directly from US weapons stockpiles.
The bill authorizes an additional $3.7 billion in presidential authorization authority funding, which would allow the U.S. to ship weapons directly from U.S. stockpiles, and includes $1.5 billion for “upgrading U.S. equipment” given to Ukraine. the bill says.
The bill designates $4.5 billion for an “economic assistance fund” to provide “assistance to sustain the functioning of the national government of Ukraine,” the fact sheet says.
The United States has provided significant economic and military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s February invasion of the country, providing “more than $16.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine,” the Defense Department said Wednesday. .