Abstract:Last Friday (July 24) local time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $259.5 billion spending bill for the 2021 fiscal year with a vote of 224-189. The vote was basically drawn by party affiliation. The plan includes funding for national and foreign affairs, agriculture, internal and environmental, and military construction and veterans affairs.
Last Friday (July 24) local time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $259.5 billion spending bill for the 2021 fiscal year with a vote of 224-189, and the vote was basically drawn according to party affiliation. The plan includes funding for national and foreign affairs, agriculture, internal and environmental, and military construction and veterans affairs.
It is reported that in this vote, seven Democrats and the only independent in the House of Representatives voted against the measure together with all Republicans.
Lawmakers opposed Trump's plan to drastically cut spending by the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Foreign Affairs Act also proposes to provide billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries such as Israel, Egypt and Ukraine, and to fund anti-drug operations in some Latin American countries.
The Agriculture Bill includes more than 1 billion yuan of funds to expand rural broadband, fund a series of nutritional assistance programs, and give the FDA the power to force a recall of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
The bill also plans to fund arts and humanities projects and museums, including funding for the National Arts Foundation and the National Humanities Foundation, which Trump is trying to withdraw from his budget. It also plans to provide funding for the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Holocaust Memorial.
The package plan also involves various pressing political issues. Including securing funding for the World Health Organization, Trump has vowed to cut contacts and funding, blaming it for the spread of the coronavirus.
It will block the "Mexico City Policy", which prevents the flow of US funds to foreign aid and health organizations that support abortion rights.
Ultimately, the bill will prevent Trump from using military construction funds to build the border wall and refuse to fill his account with emergency powers to fund the wall.
The package includes nearly 40 billion yuan in off-book expenditures, exceeding the spending ceiling agreed by the Republicans and Democrats last summer, almost all of which are based on emergency supplementary expenditures. The Democrats have added about 250 billion yuan in emergency expenditures and extra off-book expenditures in the annual expenditure bill.
Next week, the House of Representatives will introduce another set of spending bills, including the controversial homeland security bill, which involves immigration and border security.
It is very unlikely that Congress will pass the spending bill before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. If there is no spending bill or continuous resolution, the federal government will be shut down.
The Senate, controlled by the Republican Party, may cut many of the additional expenditures in the House of Representatives bills and fight over policy regulations, but its internal expenditures are divided.