The United States (US)House of Representatives voted on the bill, which was separated from the Defence Ministry (Pentagon)budget and turned into a new bill, that envisages 300 million dollars in new aid to Ukraine.
In a late vote, the bill was approved with 311 "yes" votes against 117 "no" votes. The inclusion of aid to Ukraine in the 2024 Pentagon budget caused tension between Republicans and Democrats.
The House of Representatives also approved the Pentagon's 826 billion dollar budget after the aid to Ukraine was removed from the package. However, it was noted that this approval would not prevent a potential shutdown in the country.
The House also approved the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The US government is in danger of shutting down due to the budget dispute between Republicans and Democrats.
According to US law, if Congress fails to approve the budget for the entire fiscal year, which starts on October 1 and ends on September 30 each year, the period until this happens must be covered by temporary budgets.
In periods when a temporary budget cannot be approved, the federal government, which loses its spending authority, is forced to suspend all activities other than vital services.
In this process, public employees working in non-essential services are put on compulsory leave, while public employees such as the US military, intelligence agencies, doctors and nurses working in public hospitals, and security guards at airports, and prisons continue their duties. These employees, who are in the category of "vital personnel", usually do not receive their salaries during shutdown periods until Congress passes a new budget.
Source: Anadolu Agency