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US senate passes $1.2 trillion funding bill after missing deadline, sends to Biden

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 The US Senate passed a $1.2 trillion government funding bill after missing the midnight deadline late Friday night, but the legislation now heads to President Joe Biden for finalisation.

Senators passed the bill in a vote of 74 in favor and 24 opposed. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier in the day.

The White House said earlier that it canceled preparations for a government shutdown because it had high confidence the Senate would pass the legislation and send it to Biden’s desk to be signed into law later on Saturday.

The legislation funds six appropriations areas of the federal government through September 30.

The bill provides $1.2 trillion in funding, including $300 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and $3.3 billion for Israel. UNI/SPUTNIK AKS

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