US House of Representatives to vote on Russian oil ban, Ukraine aid and government spending

The United States Capitol building is pictured in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives was set to hold a series of critical votes on Wednesday that would ban U.S. imports of Russian oil, provide emergency aid to Ukraine and fund the government federal until September 30.

Democrats and Republicans reached a $1.5 trillion deal overnight to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2022, including $13.6 billion in security and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine and $15.6 billion for the US response to COVID-19.

With federal government funding set to run out at midnight on Friday, the House also plans to vote on a separate measure to keep government funding through Tuesday, in case the Senate fails to pass the spending legislation more complete known as the “omnibus”. invoice.

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House lawmakers were expected to begin with a mid-morning vote to adopt the rules for a floor debate that would precede final votes on passage later in the day. If approved by the House, the measures would be sent to the Senate.

Acting White House Budget Director Shalanda Young urged the House and Senate to move quickly to send the Ukraine aid and government funding measure to the White House for President Joe’s signature. Biden.

“The bipartisan funding bill is proof that both parties can come together to serve the American people and advance critical national priorities,” Young said in a statement.

The House was also expected to vote on a bill to ban Russian energy imports. The legislation builds on Biden’s recently announced ban by including measures to review Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization. It would also renew and expand the Magnitsky Human Rights Act to ease the way for further US sanctions against Russia.

The omnibus spending plan will increase funding for national priorities, including money for infrastructure passed as part of an earlier bipartisan measure to revamp roads, bridges and broadband internet in the United States, they said.

The plan includes $730 billion in non-defence funding and $782 billion in defense funding.

“This bipartisan agreement will help us address many of the major challenges we face here and abroad: from COVID-19, to the vicious and immoral attack on Ukraine, to the need to cut costs for hard-working American families,” said U.S. House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

It also includes new safeguards to protect US infrastructure from cyberattacks “by Russia and other malicious actors.”

The measure will also reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, Pelosi and Schumer said.

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Reporting by Susan Heavey, David Morgan and Richard Cowan, additional reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Scott Malone, Doina Chiacu and Jonathan Oatis

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