Lawmakers are racing to lock down a deal to fund the government and provide billions in new aid tied to Ukraine as they barrel toward an end-of-the-week shutdown deadline. 

Negotiators worked through the weekend and are aiming to file the massive bill on Tuesday, a leadership aide confirmed to The Hill. 

I believe both sides are close, very close, to arriving at an agreement, Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer’Urgent’ COVID-19 funding hangs in balance amid partisan fight Two GOP senators share photos from Zoom call with Zelensky despite requests not toZelensky calls on Congress to implement no-fly zone, block purchases of Russian oilMORE (D-N.Y.) said about the talks.  


Congress is facing a time crunch as lawmakers rush to meet Friday nights deadline to get a bill to President BidenJoe BidenArmed intruder arrested at Joint Base Andrews after Harris’ returnCapitol Police issues emergency declaration over trucker convoyHarris in Selma: ‘We will not let setbacks stop us’MOREs desk and avoid a government shutdown. 

The House is aiming to be able to vote on the yet-to-be-unveiled bill Wednesday, the aide added. The Senate, meanwhile, is juggling a midweek retreat, which both parties are holding on Wednesday.  

That leaves the Senate little time to clear the bill over potential procedural and political hurdles. Because the chamber will have just days to pass the bill, they would need a deal with all 100 senators to speed up the legislation in order to meet the Friday night deadline. 

If they arent able to hit the deadline, lawmakers would need to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR), which would continue current funding levels, to buy themselves more time and avoid a shutdown. Leadership isnt ruling out the possibility but note if it happens they expect it to be days long. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBarr says no evidence that Trump was ‘legally responsible’ for Jan. 6 attackHouse working on bill to ban Russian oil importsBlinken: ‘Active discussion’ ongoing on banning import of Russian oilMORE (D-Calif.) said in a letter to her caucus over the weekend that the massive bill would include the $10 billion request from the administration for aid to Ukraine. 

But some Republicans are pushing for separating the government funding from the help for the beleaguered nation.

In the coming days Congress will focus on aid to Ukraine. We should consider a standalone Ukraine military aid package to get them the assistance they need as quickly as possible, said Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRubio stops short of rejecting Graham’s call to assassinate PutinThe Memo: GOP can’t settle on Ukraine messageStrained US-India relations under pressure over RussiaMORE (R-Texas). 

The Biden administrations request includes $4.8 billion for the Pentagon to support U.S. troop deployments to NATO countries and to provide additional military equipment to Ukraine. It is also asking for $5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for security, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and allies on NATOs eastern flank.

Lawmakers appear poised to add to that amount. Schumer tagged the Ukraine-related aid that would make it into the funding bill at roughly $12 billion. 

A group of Republicans typically vote against government funding bills, but adding Ukraine aid could complicate their political calculus as lawmakers rush to show their support for the nation amid the Russian invasion. 

Leadership is hoping that tying Ukraine money to the larger bill could help push it across the finish line before Friday nights deadline.

I think thats going to add a sense of urgency … theres no question about it, said Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHow Sen. John Thune can rescue the GOP from Trump in 2024Senate GOP shrugs off latest Trump revelationSenate Republicans oppose Biden’s .5 billion COVID-19 relief request MORE (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican.  

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged members of Congress during a call over the weekend to quickly send them new military equipment, stop buying Russian oil and to establish a no-fly zone, an idea that has sparked bipartisan backlash because enforcing it could involve U.S. forces shooting down Russian planes. 

Though lawmakers say they are on the cusp of being to be able to unveil the legislation, they were still negotiating details of the bill Monday night, including trying to iron out final points of contention.

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoKey Democrat says negotiators making ‘progress’ in border wall talks Partisan cracks emerge over how to implement T infrastructure law Gibbons leads Ohio GOP Senate primary: pollMORE (R-W.Va.) said that they were getting closer to finalizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bill. Border wall funding and funding for ICE detention beds are typically a final sticking point.

Another big hurdle was what to do about the administrations request for $22.5 billion in new coronavirus relief money. 

Four sources told The Hill there was an agreement that the coronavirus funding would be fully paid for, in a concession to Republicans. Thune said most of the funding would come from repurposing previously greenlighted money for state and local governments. 

They are also looking at including $15 billion total for the coronavirus relief, though the number hasnt been finalized and Thune and Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP lawmakers warn staff union could hinder Congress’ work Scott reiterates his plan could change after McConnell rebukeMcConnell, Scott face off over GOP’s agendaMORE (R-Mo.) cautioned that it could climb as leadership works to finalize the deal.  

Theres ongoing leadership level discussions, Blunt said about the level of funding.  

Republicans are also still working out what amendments they will ask for in exchange for speeding up the spending deal. 

A group of conservative senators have indicated that they will ask for a vote related to defunding Bidens vaccine mandate.

We are writing to let you know that we will once again not consent to a time agreement that eases passage of a CR or Omnibus that funds these mandates, the group, led by Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOn The Money Job growth booms in FebruaryOvernight Defense & National Security: Attack on Ukraine nuclear plant rattles WashingtonSenate conservatives threaten to hold up government funding over vaccine mandateMORE (R-Utah), wrote.

But Thune indicated that Republicans could also ask for additional votes. 

Well see, Thune said. The universe is still kind of firming up.