Sen­ate lead­ers seek to revive Ukraine aid left out of shut­down-avert­ing spend­ing bill

The U.S. may have avoid­ed a gov­ern­ment shut­down over the week­end, but Sen­ate lead­er­ship is set­ting up a new show­down with the House after fund­ing for the Ukraine war effort was exclud­ed from the tem­po­rary spend­ing mea­sure.
The Sen­ate vot­ed 88–9 on Sat­ur­day evening to pass the House’s 45-day con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion, which includes dis­as­ter relief but no Ukraine fund­ing. It was then sent to Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s desk for sig­na­ture. Sen­ate Repub­li­cans aban­doned a pre­vi­ous bipar­ti­san con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion after House Speak­er Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) abrupt­ly changed plans Sat­ur­day morn­ing, announc­ing the House would be tak­ing up its own bipar­ti­san mea­sure.
Sen­ate lead­ers had pre­vi­ous­ly advanced leg­is­la­tion to fund the gov­ern­ment until Novem­ber that includ­ed $6 bil­lion for Ukraine, with the antic­i­pa­tion that they could approve the rest of the aid at a lat­er date.
In the com­ing weeks, the Senate’s staunchest Ukraine allies will attempt to push a stand-alone fund­ing bill in an attempt to send more fund­ing. One option is for the Sen­ate to use a recent­ly passed House bill that pro­vid­ed $300 mil­lion in fund­ing for Ukraine. The leg­is­la­tion was passed after the mon­ey was tak­en out of a House Repub­li­can-draft­ed defense bill.
Sev­er­al sen­a­tors have men­tioned that the Sen­ate could attach Biden’s full-year appro­pri­a­tions request for Ukraine to the $300 mil­lion and then send it back to the House. In August, Biden called on Con­gress to pro­vide an addi­tion­al $24 bil­lion.
“Ulti­mate­ly Ukraine will get fund­ing, it’s always dif­fi­cult to fig­ure out how to put it togeth­er,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R‑NC) when speak­ing with …