US Senate Returns with Government Shutdown Looming
The U.S. Senate returns to Capitol HIll on Tuesday to pass a government spending bill in order to avoid a government shutdown on Friday. The initial vote, which will take place on Tuesday evening, could be in jeopardy since Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has attached an energy permitting reform proposal to expedite the permitting and environmental review process for energy projects. The proposal, however, has faced some opposition from both Republicans and liberals, and is not expected to garner the 60 votes needed.
If the proposal fails, the Senate vote can then move to keep the government open past Friday with the stop-gap funding bill, though the vote may not happen until Friday evening. The bill would not only keep the government agencies afloat, it would also provide about $12 billion for aid to Ukraine and require the Pentagon to report how the dollars are being spent there.
Sources from across the political spectrum are covering the actions of the Senate today.
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