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Friday, January 27, 2023

US Senate approves budget for fiscal year 2023

The US Senate approved the fiscal budget for 2023 this Thursday, which envisages some $1.7 trillion in spending, after lawmakers held talks until dawn over amendments to the management of the border with Mexico.

The upper house gave its approval by 68 votes in favor and 29 votes against, a day before the funds for the operation of the federal administration were to expire at midnight on Friday.

After passing the Senate, the budget must be approved by the House of Representatives, which is also controlled by Democrats, before being approved by the President of the United States, Joe Biden.

The biggest hurdle to the approval of the budget in the Upper House was its protégé Title 42, a health regulation that allows for hotly contested border removals of migrants under the pretext of a pandemic.

It was supposed to be lifted this Wednesday, but the Supreme Court has decided to keep it in place on precautionary grounds until lower courts resolve open disputes over its application.

Republican Senator Mike Lee introduced an amendment to the budget bill to retain its validity, and his proposal was defeated by 47 votes in favor and 50 against.

The amendment, introduced by Democratic Senator Jon Tester and independent Kirsten Sinema, who until last week was affiliated with the Democratic Party, also advocated retaining Title 42 and was rejected by 10 votes in favor and 87 against.

“Enough is enough of using the border as a political tool. We should give money to the government and solve our border crisis. My amendment keeps Title 42 in place until a permanent plan is put in place, increases desperately needed funds for border security, invests in our agents, and helps stem the flow of dangerous drugs. ,” the senator said today.

The negotiated bill includes a defense budget of about $858 billion and other items worth $800 billion, a 9.3 percent increase over the previous year.

This includes $40.6 billion in response to drought, hurricanes, floods, fires, and other natural disasters and emergencies in the United States, and nearly $45 billion in economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who flew to Washington to meet Biden on Wednesday, defended before members of Congress yesterday that the money is not a donation directed to his country: “It’s an investment in global security and democracy,” he told them. Told. ,

“This is one of the most important bills we’ve done in a long time,” Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Upper House, concluded at the end of the session today. The Senate funds the government with an aggressive investment that protects workers and families. Will help

Some Republican lawmakers have said they prefer to continue postponing debate on the new bill until 2023, when their group takes control of the House in January, hoping it will give them more bargaining power for force cuts .

The current leader of the Republican minority in the lower house, Kevin McCarthy, who is emerging as a potential speaker of that chamber by January, in fact this week threatened to block any legislative initiative promoted by Republican senators who have signed up for support next year. Have done budget.

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