The U.S. Senate has passed a $1.6 trillion environmental protection package that aims to strengthen environmental protections, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday night with just Republicans voting against it, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D.
The vote came just hours after the House of Representatives voted on the bill, which passed with bipartisan support.
The House is expected to approve the bill in the coming days, with the Senate set to take up the bill next week.
President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he is “very pleased” with the final passage of the bill.
It is good news for the American people and for our planet, he tweeted.
I look forward to signing this legislation into law.
The House passed the Senate’s bill earlier Thursday, but the House didn’t have the votes to override President Donald Trump’s veto.
The House approved the bill on a vote of 241-192, with Republicans voting for the legislation.
Republicans said the Senate version is a stronger, more protective package than the House bill, but they said it should not be used as a substitute for the House’s bill.
The bill includes a series of new environmental protections and is expected be signed into law by the president within days.