House Passes Short-Term Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown With Hours To Spare; Ukraine Money Cut

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Home Republicans, after per week of struggling, discovered a bipartisan path to preserving the federal government open previous tonight: jettisoning assist to Ukraine in a transfer critics say will embolden Russian chief Vladimir Putin.

The Home voted 335 to 91 for a brief funding invoice to maintain the federal government open till Nov. 17 and in addition fund catastrophe help. 200 and 9 Democrats joined all 126 Republicans in voting for the package deal.

It now heads over to the Senate, the place a bipartisan plan to maintain the federal government open was stalled by Republicans who needed to see what the Home despatched over.

Lawmakers have been racing in opposition to the clock, as present funding for the federal government expires Saturday night time. Nonetheless, a shutdown’s results would in all probability not be be felt till early subsequent week.

Democrats initially balked on the invoice, saying that they had not been given sufficient time to learn its 71 pages. However confronted with the political actuality that they might be blamed for a shutdown by insisting on assist to Ukraine, many determined to embrace the invoice.

However Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the highest Democrat on the Appropriations Committee learn a letter from Mike McCord, the Pentagon’s underneath secretary for protection, who warned, “Delays to further funding would even be perceived by Ukraine as an indication of wavering U.S. help and certain as a betrayal of our earlier commitments. Allies and companions are additionally unlikely to maintain their elevated degree of help with out clear, persevering with U.S. management.”

Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has mentioned there may be sufficient Ukraine assist nonetheless within the pipeline for one more 45 days. Help might be hooked up to a different invoice in a while, however would in all probability should be greater than the $6 billion that was at subject right here and it’s unclear what invoice it must be hooked up to to be able to go.

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