U.S. House Passes Funding Bill, Cutting $15 Billion in Covid Funds to Aid Ukraine

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed legislation that would financially fund the government through September 2022. The bill also includes nearly $14 billion in aid to Ukraine amid an invasion by Russian forces that has been dragged on for more than two weeks.

In place of funding for Ukraine, the House had to scrap its $15.6 billion in coronavirus relief funds.

Congress has to pass a spending bill by Friday or it will face a government shutdown. In the meantime, the House plans to pass a second bill to extend current funding through Tuesday. With two bills on the table, the Senate will need to approve both and send them to President Joe Biden for his final approval.