September 30, 2022 17:03 GMT
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The US House of Representatives has passed a short-term funding bill to keep the federal government open until December 16.
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said ahead of the vote: "We must continue to provide Ukraine with assistance that enables it to push Russian forces back from its territory, which is why I will bring a continuing resolution to the Floor today that includes $12 billion for Ukraine’s defense requested by [President Biden]."
- The bill includes USD$12 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, disaster aid for New Mexico and other states, and a five-year reauthorization of FDA user fees.
- It does not include Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) energy permitting reform, COVID-19 or Monkeypox funding, or funds to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Significant concessions to the GOP to facilitate a deal.
- The mid-December extension date will give Democrats a chance to pass a FY23 budget during the “lame-duck” session of Congress - after the midterms and before the new Congressional session begins in January.
- Lawmakers will now head home until after the general election on November 8.