UPDATED 10:00 AM PT – Friday September 30, 2022
On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a stopgap bill. The bill was passed with the hopes of preventing another Government shutdown.
After the 72 to 25 vote, the bill is expected to quickly pass through the House before federal funds are expected to run out on Friday. If passed by the House as expected, the bill would delay a government shutdown until December 16, 2022.
The bill would provide $12 billion in aid to Ukraine, $1 billion in emergency aid from natural disasters, $20 million for Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis and a five-year reauthorization for FDA user fees.
This bill was delayed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.). Manchin wanted to add a provision to expedite the federal permit process for energy projects which would include new pipelines and electrical lines.
On Tuesday, the line was removed by Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) decision on the Senate floor. Manchin was not happy with the removal.
“It’s unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk,” Manchin said.