The Senate has called it quits on trying to pass a "minibus" spending package that would combine three of its 12 annual appropriations bills and will now focus on a short-term spending bill in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Despite hopes of a bipartisan effort, the Senate was caught in gridlock, not unlike the House of Representatives which has also been unable to pass any significant spending legislation.
Now the Senate Appropriations Committee is working on a measure that would not only fail to cut spending but also provide additional aid for Ukraine and replenish the country's disaster relief fund.
Considering that hardline Republicans in the House have refused to pass a bill that doesn't cut spending, the Senate's minbus spending package likely won't get anywhere even if it makes it out of the upper chamber.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has already promised that he will not vote for any spending bills that include more spending on the war in Ukraine. Considering the split nature of the Senate, Paul alone can likely stop the minibus bill.
Some Republicans are determined to force a government shutdown in order to accomplish spending cuts. For once, it looks like they may be successful and could accomplish some of their declared goals.
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