US Congress passes federal state budget with $45 billion for Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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US Congress passes federal budget with $45B for Ukraine | War in Ukraine

Nearly 20 Republican senators ignored their leader's call to vote against the text.< /p>

The US Congress on Friday passed a sweeping Federal Services Budget Bill, totaling $1.7 trillion, including $45 billion for Ukraine.

After that of the Senate on Thursday, this vote by 225 votes against 201 of the House of Representatives makes it possible to avoid the paralysis of the American federal administration (the famous shutdown), which could have intervened as early as Friday evening. President Joe Biden has yet to sign the law into law with his signature.

This bill is good for our economy, our competitiveness and our people – and I will sign it as soon as it is on my desk, he reacted on Friday in a press release.

This bill is essential legislation not only to fund the state, pay our civil servants, but also to show that the American state works, the official said before the vote of the elected Democrats in the House, Steny Hoyer.

This budget must finance the functioning of the American federal state – law enforcement, diplomacy, armed forces, economic policy, etc. – until September 2023.

It also includes an amendment to a law dating from the 19th century to mention that the American vice-president cannot intervene directly in the certification of electoral results.

Donald Trump had used the ambiguities of the old text to suggest that Mike Pence, his vice-president, could have stopped the rise to power of Joe Biden after a victory that the incumbent Republican did not want to recognize – l& #x27;one of the elements that led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Mr. Trump, a new candidate for 2024, on Thursday called the text an abomination, blaming it on the far left, the elites of the capital and the lobbies.

With a Democratic majority in the House for a few more days, and two days after a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warmly welcomed by the vast majority of parliamentarians, the positive outcome of the passage of the text did not matter. hardly any doubts.

Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republicans in the House, had however called on the elected officials of his camp to vote against the bill, in order to benefit from a greater margin of maneuver when the holidays return, when the new Republican majority in the House, resulting from the midterm elections, will take office.

But Republican senators largely ignored it Thursday afternoon, giving Democrats nearly 20 votes to pass the bill 68 to 29 before the House passed it on Friday.

Before the vote, Republican elected members of the House of Representatives took the floor to denounce the lack of time granted to them to study the text – it was finalized there has three days – and criticize the presence of provisions qualified as woke, such as the funding of projects in support of the LGBT+ community.

But Mr McCarthy did not repeat his performance from last year, when he held the microphone for eight and a half hours to hold off the vote – with everyone hoping to succeed in joining his family in time for the holidays while avoiding the winter storm that hits the country.

We are two days away from Christmas, he said. The holiday season is the season of giving, but in Congress it seems to be the season of pocket-filling for Democratic allies and baton-making for hard-working Americans.

Nancy Pelosi, the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, for her part welcomed the funding of another substantial round of security, economic and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

And it's really not about – as the President of Ukraine said the other night – of charity. It's about safety, it's about working together, she said.

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