December 4, 2022

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The US Senate voted 72 to 25 on Thursday to pass legislation funding the federal government by mid-December – days before an imminent government shutdown.

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The bill, which now goes to the House, where it is expected to pass soon, includes an additional $12 billion for Ukraine, $1 billion in heating and utility assistance, and emergency assistance for natural disasters. Food and Drug Administration user fees were also reauthorized for the next five years under continuing resolution. President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law before the federal budget ends on Friday.

For the second time this year, lawmakers deliberated on a bill with limited time to spend. If it passes the House as expected, the ongoing resolution will keep the government running until December 16.

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The law was stalled by Sen. Joe Manchin, DWV, who wanted a provision that would speed up the federal permit process for large energy projects, including pipelines and power lines. Schumer announced the decision to strike the bill language on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

“Senate Republicans have made it very clear that they would block legislation to fund the government if it included bipartisan permitting reform because they chose to obstruct rather than work in a bipartisan way to achieve something.” is what they have long claimed they want to do.” Schumer said on Tuesday.

Manchin said it was unfortunate that members of the US Senate were allowing politics to jeopardize our country’s energy security. Statement released later that day.

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Schumer said Munchkin requested him to proceed with the no-spending bill. Energy Freedom and Security Act,

“Senator Manchin, myself and others will continue to have conversations about the best way to ensure responsible permission reform occurs before the end of the year,” Schumer said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. earlier this week called the permission reform proposal a “poison pill.”

The $12 billion in aid for Ukraine comes as its military makes significant gains against the Russian military – a point of contention between Democrats and Republicans. GOP lawmakers were reluctant to include the new spending proposal in the bill.

FEMA’s disaster relief fund was given $18.8 billion in light of intense natural disasters happening nationwide, such as Hurricane Ian, which devastated Florida.