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    Biden Signs $1.7 Trillion Bill Funding Government Operations

    Biden Signs .7 Trillion Bill Funding Government Operations

    KINGSHILL, U.S. Virgin Islands — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a $1.7 trillion spending bill that will keep the federal government operating through the end of the federal budget year in September 2023, and provide tens of billions of dollars in aid to for its fight against the Russian military.

    Biden had until late Friday to sign the bill to avoid a partial government shutdown.

    The Democratic-controlled House passed the bill 225-201, mostly along party lines, just before Christmas. The House vote came a day after the Senate, also led by Democrats, voted 68-29 to pass the bill with significantly more Republican support.

    Biden had said passage was proof that Republicans and Democrats can work together.

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader who hopes to become speaker when a new session Congress opens on Jan. 3, argued during floor debate that the bill spends too much and does too little to curb illegal immigration and the flow of fentanyl into the U.S. from .

    “This is a monstrosity that is one of the most shameful acts I've ever seen in this body,” McCarthy said of the legislation.

    McCarthy is appealing for support from staunch conservatives in the caucus, who have largely blasted the bill for its size and scope. Republicans will have a narrow House majority come Jan. 3 and several conservative members have vowed not to vote for McCarthy to become speaker.

    The funding bill…

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