Government Funding Omnibus Bill Passes in Senate

Senator Sinema offers an alternate immigration amendment to facilitate approval.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the massive $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2023 fiscal year. Included in the legislation are $38 billion for emergency disaster assistance and $45 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine.

The package reached an impasse Wednesday night after the Senate Parliamentarian gave approval for Senator Mike Lee’s amendment regarding Title 42. Thursday morning, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona presented a side-by-side amendment that offered a more moderate alternative to Senator Lee’s.

Senator Sinema stated, “This year’s historic levels of border crossings at our Southern border makes clear the status quo is not working. Our amendment boosts funding for border security, increases resources for border communities and extends Title 42 until a proper plan to manage the crisis at our border is in place.” 

The package now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. President Joe Biden anticipates signing the funding legislation on Friday.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House as they prepare to vote on the government funding legislation.
  • For the president and his economic advisors as they anticipate the package coming for the president’s signature.

Sources: WashingtonPost, The Hill


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