U.S. Senate Passes $1.5 Trillion Government Funding Bill with $13.6 Billion in Ukraine Aide

The United States Senate passed a $1.5 trillion funding bill on March 10 to prevent a government shutdown and to send billions in aid for Ukraine.

The Senate approved the bill in a 68 to 31 vote, a day after it passed the House, to fund the government through September.

Congress had until March 11 to approve a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

The bill also includes $13.6 billion to bolster humanitarian and military efforts in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

“I can confidently say every last penny of this aid package will be money much needed and well spent. It will provide food, medicine, shelter, support for over two million refugees, and resources for Ukraine’s ruined economy,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech at the Senate floor.

However, Schumer also said he was “deeply disappointed” that the House had to drop $15.6 billion in COVID-19 funding after internal disagreements over how to fund the provision.

“We will keep working on COVID relief. It is very much needed,” Schumer said.

The bill now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature.

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