The House today passed, on a 230 to 201 vote, the Senate amendment to H.R. 6833, the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023. House passage clears the legislation for President Biden's signature.
This bipartisan legislation continues vital federal funding through December 16 and is a temporary measure to afford Congress sufficient time to complete the fiscal year 2023 omnibus. The bill also provides relief to communities recovering from natural disasters and includes support for Ukraine.
"With the many challenges facing our nation and the world, including devastating natural disasters and the high cost of living, this bill guarantees we have the means to continue the important work we are doing to help middle class and working families with the cost of living, support vulnerable Americans by keeping roofs over the heads of millions of families and food on their tables, uphold our commitment to our veterans, and strengthen our national security," House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. "I am proud that some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle joined House Democrats in passing this legislation that also includes resources to help communities across the country recover from natural disasters and necessary emergency funding to support the Ukrainian people in the face of Russia's grievous invasion. But passing this bill is just a temporary measure as Congress turns to enacting final 2023 funding bills before the end of the year. I look forward to bicameral, bipartisan negotiations with my counterparts to complete the fiscal year 2023 appropriations process as soon as possible."
Divisions A and B of the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023:
Extend funding for vital federal agencies, including education, health, housing, and public safety programs, through December 16. This continued funding grows opportunity through early childhood education, invests in our schools and high-quality job training programs, provides critical nutrition assistance and affordable housing opportunities, secures our nation, and supports our veterans.
Invest an additional $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help address pressure on low-income households' pocketbooks due to inflation; $2.5 billion to help New Mexico communities recover from the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, the largest wildfire in the state's history; $2 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program to aid the long-term housing, infrastructure and economic recovery needs of communities impacted by disasters in 2021 and 2022; and, $20 million for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements previously authorized for Jackson, Mississippi. This funding will help families and small businesses get back on their feet and rebuild from natural disasters while repairing damage to critical infrastructure.
Include language that allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obligate up to the full year amount available under the continuing resolution for the Disaster Relief Fund if needed to respond to declared disasters such as Hurricane Ian in Florida, Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and severe storm, flooding, and landslides in Alaska.
Provide $12.35 billion in assistance related to Ukraine, including training, equipment, weapons, logistics support, and direct financial support for the government of Ukraine.