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GOP staffers believe Ukraine funding will increase despite impasse

Well, a government shutdown was averted at the last minute. But 92% of top Hill staffers who responded to our survey, The Canvass, expect a shutdown this year.

To be fair, it looked like a real possibility on Friday night. And it could still happen when the current 45-day spending deal runs out mid-November.

One major sticking point that has made the funding fights even more contentious is whether to continue aid for Ukraine.

While such a provision wasn’t included in the continuing resolution adopted over the weekend, 72% of top GOP staffers and 74% of Democrats say Congress will pass legislation this year increasing Ukraine funding. The survey was conducted Sept. 5-22 in partnership with LSG.

House Republicans have been vocal about their opposition to more funding for Ukraine. But lawmakers in both parties are working to deliver a new tranche of aid to the country before the end of this year.

Defense Department approps: Seventy-nine percent of respondents said Congress would increase Pentagon funding this year. Staffers from both parties were closely aligned on this.

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