Author: Darren Leonard

The US Senate has passed a $1.7tr (£1.4tr) government funding bill – most likely avoiding a partial government shutdown during the holiday season. The House of Representatives now needs to pass it so President Joe Biden can sign it before midnight on Friday. The package will fund the US government all through the next fiscal year, to 30 September. The 4,155-page budget contains measures to help Ukraine, bolster US defence, and funds for US domestic priorities. The Senate passed the bill on Thursday afternoon by 68 to 29 in a cross-party vote. The bumper package contains $772bn for domestic programmes…

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