House approves $1.7 trillion omnibus bill amid GOP objections, sending it to Biden

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from The Washington Post,

The bill boosts domestic and defense spending — and averts what would have been a government shutdown.

The House on Friday approved a roughly $1.7 trillion bill to fund the government through most of 2023, sending to President Biden a sprawling year-end package that funds his top priorities, provides new aid to Ukraine and averts a government shutdown.

With it, lawmakers appended a wide array of other long-stalled legislative proposals — banning TikTok on government devices, helping Americans save for retirement, protecting pregnant workers from discrimination and rethinking the way the country counts electoral votes in the presidential election.

The House approved the omnibus on a 225-201 vote, with one member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), voting present. Only one Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), opposed it.

Only nine Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats in support of the bill, as the party stayed largely united behind Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the chamber’s minority leader. On Friday, McCarthy affirmed his stiff resistance to negotiating with Democrats, arguing instead that the talks should have been postponed until January, when the GOP is set to take over the House.

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