President Biden gets to sign it into law….
The vote was 225 to 201…..
There will bve no government shutdown….
The omnibus provides nearly $773 billion for domestic programs and more than $850 billion for defense spending, covering expenses through the 2023 fiscal year. It also includes nearly $45 billion in military, economic and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, as well as about $27 billion to respond to natural disasters affecting Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the United States….
The House approved the omnibus on a 225-201 vote, with one member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), voting present. Only one Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), opposed it. The debate itself was sparsely attended, since hundreds of lawmakers from both parties filed to vote by proxy as a result of a major snowstorm that snarled holiday travel, plunged parts of the nation into subzero temperatures and left millions of Americans without power.
Only nine Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats in support of the bill, as the party stayed largely stayed united behind Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the chamber’s minority leader. On Friday, McCarthy affirmed his stiff resistance to negotiating with Democrats, arguing instead that the talks should have been postponed until January, when the GOP is set to take over the House….
A tectonic political shift now awaits the Capitol come January, when House Republicans could follow through on their threats to seize on looming fiscal deadlines and force the White House to accept spending cuts and major changes to Social Security and other entitlement programs. To that end, the fierce bickering Friday may offer an ominous warning about battles on the horizon, particularly since Congress must return to the matter of government funding before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30….
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