May 24, 2022

Senate approves $1.5 trillion spending bill that includes aid for Ukraine

The Senate approved a $1.5 trillion spending bill on Thursday that included $14 billion for Ukraine.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) cleared the path to pass the legislation after making a deal with some GOP leaders who continued to oppose the bill. The deal allowed some earmarks to be removed, including those defunding vaccine mandates.

A total of 18 Republicans joined the 50 Democrats to pass the bill in the 68-31 vote.

The bill also kept the government from shutting down until September, a fear that drove the quick approval of the bill as the clock was ticking on the Friday midnight deadline.

“If we could boil down this week to three words in the Senate, they would be productive, bipartisan, successful,” Schumer said.

“This bipartisan funding package is a significant and far-reaching win for the American people,” he added.

The new bill will also assist Ukraine against Russia’s invasion, offering additional assistance to the war-torn country.

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