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Senate Passes Consolidated Spending Bill To Partially Fund Government For 2024

The Senate on Friday passed a consolidated bill to fund parts of the federal government for fiscal year 2024, partially completing the spending process that had been delayed since Sept. 30, 2023.

Congress has passed four continuing resolutions since the start of the new fiscal year to avert a government shutdown while the House and Senate cannot agree on the content of 12 permanent spending bills for the year.Leaders of bipartisan caucuses in both chambers announced Agreement to pass two consolidated bills known as “'' on February 28th.minibus” The bill consists of six spending bills each, the first of which passed the House on Wednesday; passed it The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 75 to 22, according to The Hill. (Related: Congress passes huge spending bill full of eyeballs)

“It's remarkable that majorities of both parties in the House of Representatives, even a majority of Republicans, supported this bill,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor Thursday. “Good things can happen if we prioritize working together before creating other unrelated and often destructive problems.”

Concentrated HR 1061, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 by Daily Caller News Foundation On Scribd

The bill authorizes spending to the departments of Justice, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development until September 30, 2024. criticized It was praised by Congressional Republicans for its size and inclusion of targeted spending projects known as earmarks.

“I've been trying to accomplish all of those things. And like we did last year, we passed a lot of riders that eliminated a lot of that kind of thing,” said Republican Rep. Chip Roy told DCNF. “But no, we didn't pass it, right? It's not in this package this week. We passed it last year, but it died in negotiations.”

“What we tried to do this time was put a lot of policy provisions in the spending bill…and we were successful on some of them, but not on others. And some of them. It comes down to the basic math that right now we only have a two-vote majority,” Florida Republican Congressman Scott Franklin told DCNF. “I hope our conference comes together more, votes more as a bloc, and doesn’t roll back its own rules.”

To complete the spending process, a second consolidated bill containing the remaining six spending areas must pass Congress by March 22 to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The bill will now be submitted to President Joe Biden for his signature. He is expected to sign the bill into law, according to a policy statement from the Office of Management and Budget.

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