White House tells Congress to pass bipartisan funding bill ‘without delay’

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The White House is calling on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing the just-introduced $1.7 trillion bipartisan funding bill for fiscal year 2023 and send it to President Joe Biden’s desk “without delay.” Patrick Semansky/AP

White House tells Congress to pass bipartisan funding bill ‘without delay’

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The White House is calling on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing the just-introduced $1.7 trillion bipartisan funding bill for fiscal 2023 and sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk “without delay.”

Lawmakers unveiled the omnibus just after 1:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, and it includes an $858 billion defense budget and increased funding for child care programs, the Environmental Protection Agency, and national parks programs.

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“This bipartisan funding bill is an important step forward, bringing both parties together to make progress on critical priorities for our country,” Biden’s Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young wrote in a statement later on Tuesday. “It will advance cutting-edge research on cancer and other diseases, make our communities safer, deliver for our veterans, support the Ukrainian people, help communities recovering from devastating natural disasters, invest in child care and education, and more.”

Young specifically noted that “as with any compromise, neither side got everything it wanted, but this legislation is good for our economy, our competitiveness, and our country” and pressed Congress to pass the bill “without delay.”

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Still, the Biden administration made several weighty concessions, including federal funding for abortions and permanent extensions to Biden’s expanded child tax credit rolled out in the American Rescue Plan.

Congress has until Friday at midnight to pass the bill and avert a government shutdown.

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