House passes 45-day spending plan, sends to Senate

Ukraine aid remains a point of separation.

On the brink of a federal government shutdown, the House on Saturday swiftly approved a 45-day funding bill to keep federal agencies open as Speaker Kevin McCarthy dropped demands for steep spending cuts and relied on Democratic votes for passage to send the package to the Senate.

The new approach would leave behind aid to Ukraine, a White House priority opposed by a growing number of GOP lawmakers, but the plan would increase federal disaster assistance by $16 billion, meeting President Joe Biden’s full request. The package was approved 335-91, with most Republicans and almost all Democrats supporting. the bill.

With hours to go before the midnight deadline to fund the government, the Senate was also in for a rare weekend session and prepared to act next.

The House measure would fund government at current 2023 levels for 45 days, through Nov. 17, moving closer to the bipartisan approach in the Senate. But the Senate package would have added $6 billion for Ukraine to fight the war against Russia and $6 billion for U.S. disaster relief.

Both chambers came to a standstill as lawmakers assessed their options, some decrying the loss of Ukraine aid.

“The American people deserve better,” said House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, warning in a lengthy floor speech that “extreme” Republicans were risking shutdown.

Associated Press


  • Tom

    September 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    You mean they finally figured out that shutting down the Government would remind people what crap the Republican party is with an election coming up next year? Quiet the bunch of rocket scientists aren’t they.

  • Mike hi

    September 30, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Tens of thousands of Ukrainian allies getting kiIIed and their land swiped by Russia, and republicans don’t care. How Christian and holy of them

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 7:52 am

      christians have been o.k. with killing people they call heatherns for centuries. that is precisely why my family is anti christian. i go by what christians do, not what they say. ” take it on faith”, means believe in lies. i’m also anti putin, not pro putin like maga christians prove to be. VOTE MAGA OUT!

  • Michael K

    September 30, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    It’s pretty clear, that once again, the Democrats rose to the occasion to save the day, by overriding the radical far-right extremists who control what remains of the former Republican Party.

    The Republican party is dead – all that remains is the cult of Trump. Ronald Reagan and John McCain would not be welcome in what remains of that party and would be appalled by the Trumpist’s embrace of Putin.

  • PeterH

    September 30, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Senate just passed the continuing resolution. Absolutely critical to dump all Republicans over the next two or three election cycles.

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 7:58 am

      my 2 senators voted against it. marsha blackburn and bill haggerty are christian fanatics as well as my governor bill lee. tennessee is almost as bad as florida, maybe equally as bad.

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