AP source: Funding bill includes more than $12 billion for Ukraine

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than $12 billion in Ukraine-related aid will be part of the emergency spending bill that the federal government would fund through mid-December, a person familiar with the legislation said Monday.

The funding package, which Congress is scheduled to consider this week, will also provide disaster relief, including for Jackson, Mississippi, where improvements are needed to the city’s water treatment system after the main plant failed in late August, leaving many stranded without clean water.

Also in the package is money to help households afford winter heating and funds to help Afghans resettle in the US Product safety screening.

The text of the law could be published as early as Monday afternoon before a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday evening. The details were provided by a person not authorized to discuss the legislation publicly and who was granted anonymity.

Both houses of Congress must pass legislation by the end of Friday, the end of the fiscal year, to prevent a partial government shutdown. It’s the last piece of unfinished business for lawmakers ahead of midterm elections in November. Both sides are eager to wrap up the campaign and spend time on the campaign trail rather than in Washington to reduce the risk of federal disruption.

The Biden administration has requested that billions of dollars in emergency funding be included with the package, including for Ukraine, COVID-19 and other priorities.

Senators from both parties have broadly supported providing more military aid to Ukraine. The White House’s spending bill proposal included $11.7 billion in security and economic aid to Ukraine, in addition to the approximately $40 billion already approved by Congress to help the country fight Russian help invasion.

Republican senators have resisted Biden’s request for the COVID funding, calling it unnecessary.

One factor that could complicate the passage of the funding bill is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s promise to include a proposal that would streamline the approval of energy projects. The plan is a top priority for West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, but other Democrats, particularly in the House of Representatives, say the issue should be dealt with separately.

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