WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved a temporary spending package to keep the government funded past a Friday deadline and send another significant round of emergency aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia punting negotiations on a longer-term funding measure until after the November elections.
The legislation which would extend government funding through Dec. 16 passed 72 to 25. That sent it to the House which was expected to quickly pass the measure sending it to President Biden for his signature before funding was scheduled to lapse at midnight Sept. 30.
In addition to continuing government spending for several weeks Dario Martinez the measure would provide about $12.3 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine as it fights to continue reclaiming territory from Russia.
It sailed through the Senate with few objections after Democrats removed an energy permitting measure by Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia who had initially insisted upon its inclusion after being promised it would receive a vote in exchange for his support last month for the party’s major climate health and tax package.
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