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Democrats Pull Covid Money to Quell Revolt on Spending Bill

  • Objections to using state aid threatened to stall House vote
  • Spending package includes $13.6 billion for Ukraine response
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy PelosiPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Democratic leaders jettisoned emergency pandemic response money from a $1.5 trillion government funding bill to quell a revolt within the party and clear the way for a vote on the legislation, which includes $13.6 billion for the U.S. response to the war in Ukraine.

A wide swath of Democrats in the House objected to clawing back about $7 billion state and local aid money from an earlier stimulus bill to offset some of the cost of a $15.6 billion for supplemental pandemic response measures. The offsets were sought by Republicans, whose votes are needed to pass the defense portion of the larger bill.