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Biden reverses Trump's freeze on $27.4 billion in funds

 
Last Thursday, Trump used a budgetary legal provision calling on Congress to rescind funds from 73 programs that were fully funded in December's $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. Trump signed the bill into law but complained about many of its provisions.
 
The budget law allows the president to freeze relevant funds in the program for up to 45 days while Congress considers whether to accept or reject the rescission request to cancel out the programs' funding.
 
Congressional Democrats had reacted in fury to Trump's attempt to even briefly block the programs, which included funds for international COVID-19 vaccination efforts, environmental protection, arts and humanities programs, and a slew of foreign policy initiatives.
 
“After four years of the Trump Administration diminishing the United States’ place in the world, these rescissions would further eviscerate our global leadership role," House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroHouse Democratic leaders back Shalanda Young for OMB after Tanden withdrawal Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Key Democrat unveils plan to restore limited earmarks MORE (D-Conn.) said.
 
In a Wednesday letter, DeLauro, House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Progressives grumble but won't sink relief bill over fewer stimulus checks House Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike MORE (D-Ky.), and House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyOn The Money: Biden signals he'll move forward on COVID-19 relief without GOP | Economy adds 49K jobs in January | Minimum wage push sparks Democratic divisions House bill introduced to give gyms B in relief Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE (D-Ill.) called for reforming the budgetary law to prevent such moves in the future.