Durbin Statement on Passage of Second "Minibus" of Six Government Funding Bills

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed six funding bills—a second “minibus” following the passage of the initial “minibus” of six funding bills earlier this month.  Today’s package includes funding bills forDefense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24):

“While we should not be celebrating that we passed the last of the funding bills nearly six months after the deadline, I am relieved that House Republicans have finally ceased their political games to allow Congress to fulfill its constitutional obligation to fund the government.

“This ‘minibus’ spending package passed with strong bipartisan support and sets up essential investments in our national defense, international partnerships, and programs centered on public health and education.  I look forward to President Biden signing it swiftly to keep our government running.”