Large amounts of domestic spending, including new veterans’ benefits and money for science, passed the Senate today by a large margin of 75-22. You can read the text of the amendment as it relates to science funding here.
Democrats in the Senate planned to first try to pass a large package of domestic spending, and then if that failed, a smaller amendment geared only toward expanded education benefits for veterans. However, with the larger amendment passing, the second, more focused one was not considered.
The bill now goes back to the House, which failed to pass war funding supplemental but did pass some domestic spending.. Despite numerous searches of roll call votes and amendments, I can’t seem to find the text of the domestic spending amendment the House passed (and is mentioned in the Washington Post article.)
We’ll see how the House responds and if the House can muster a veto-proof margin for any supplemental it passes in finality. A coalition of Republicans against domestic spending, and Democrats against funding the war could mean that the House could not override a supplemental veto.Tags: budget, Senate, supplemental