The United States Senate approved a 2,741-page omnibus spending bill worth $1.5 trillion on Thursday. It will fund the federal government until Sept. 20 and provide aid to Ukraine worth $13.5 billion.
The said bill passed the Senate 68-31 and is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Almost $14 billion worth of aid will be sent to Ukraine and European allies as they fight against Russia. This aid includes funds that would provide humanitarian relief to millions of Ukrainians who have escaped their country as well as funds for weapons.
On Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine appealed to U.S. lawmakers in a Zoom call, asking for more assistance in his country’s battle against Russia.
The $1.5 trillion spending bill includes provisions with a 6.7% bump in domestic programs now amounting to $730 billion as well as a 5.6% rise in defense spending now amounting to $782 billion.
Here is how much the Democrats are appropriating in the $1.5 Trillion Omnibus bill.
BILLIONS in spending increases in almost every department.
Are they going to blame inflation?
I thought Joe said to just to cut cost.
I guess that just goes for the lowly taxpayers. pic.twitter.com/4i2vnaXrVJ
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 9, 2022
According to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell prior to the vote: “The bipartisan product contains major wins for our national defense, for our friends in Ukraine, for the conscience rights of the American people, and for many other key priorities, and it keeps new left-wing poison pills out.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), described and also lauded the bill as bipartisan.
“When we’re unable to find common ground, Democrats will hold firm in defense of our values and be willing to work alone, if needed. But this week, bipartisanship has propelled us over the finish line,” the Democrat Senator said on Thursday evening.
Biden had originally pushed for a 16% increase in domestic spending and only 2% for defense last spring. However, this turned out to be unrealistic because of the Democratic Party’s slim majority and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The bill, however, doesn’t include finds worth $15.6 billion that would’ve been used to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. House Democrats didn’t accept Republicans’ demands that these funds would be paid for with cuts in pandemic aid that had been passed prior.
Why did House Democrats just pass a $1.5 trillion spending bill that sends $13.6 billion to Ukraine while doing nothing to address runaway inflation in the US or surging gas prices?
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) March 10, 2022
“We’ve got a war going on in Ukraine,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday, discussing the compromise. “We have important work that we’re doing here.”
Democratic House members plan to hold a vote next week regarding the $15.6 billion COVID-19 funds.
Congress was facing a deadline of Friday at midnight to approve the bill, otherwise, a government shutdown would occur.