Senate passes $1.7 trillion bill to fund gov’t, aid Ukraine

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Senate passes $1.7 trillion bill
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, after the passing of the omnibus on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a $1.7 trillion bill to finance federal agencies through September, aid Ukraine and provide assistance to communities recovering from hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.

The bill passed by a vote of 68 to 29 and now goes to the House for action.

Lawmakers trying to complete action to prevent partial shutdown

Lawmakers are working to complete action on the bill before a partial government shutdown begins at midnight Friday.

Senate passes $1.7 trillion bill
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Supporters say the bill will boost national security with a 10% increase slated for defense programs, but detractors criticize the amount of overall spending with the country already facing a $31 trillion national debt.