Friday, March 17, 2023
Friday, March 17, 2023

    Five days to avoid a shutdown: Congress goes to battle to keep government running with package that includes $12B for Ukraine, winter heating bill help and Manchin’s energy bill Dems think will lead to MORE drilling

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    The federal government runs out of funding on Friday and this week should set up a hot debate over billions more in Ukraine aide, a pipeline payoff deal, Afghan refugee assistance and money to help pay for sky-high heating bills for low-income families, Your Content has learned.

    While a final funding bill is still being drawn up, the Senate is set to vote in a procedural move on a ‘shell’ of the bill on Tuesday.

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    Both sides are under pressure to pass a temporary bill to fund the government at its current levels until after the midterms.

    Lawmakers must first work through a stalemate on a permitting deal brokered between Schumer and Manchin.

    Another $12 billion is looking to be tacked on in Ukraine funding, bringing the total amount of aid since the start of the war up to about $60 million.

    Also expected in the stopgap funding bill is funding to aid with the Jackson water crisis and money for heating bills, aid to resettle Afghan refugees,‘according to FOX.

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