The omnibus operates commercial flights.
As thousands of travelers were stranded in airports across the country in a chaotic few days for the airline industry, the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill scored a ticket to Sainte -Cross for President Biden to put his signature on the tropical villa where he will ring in the New Year.
The White House told NBC News Thursday that the more than 4,000-page bill was delivered to the 80-year-old president by White House staff on a scheduled commercial flight.
It is not known if the mammoth bill was checked or flown in the cabin.
“Today I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress,” Biden announced in a Twitter post that showed him endorsing the more than 4,000-page bill.
“It will invest in medical research, security, veterans’ healthcare, disaster recovery, VAWA funding – and secure crucial aid for Ukraine. Looking forward to more in 2023,” Biden added.
A White House official says PKB Business journalist Edward Lawrence that the massive document was “transported to St. Croix for POTUS to sign” to meet the December 30 deadline for the government to remain funded.
The president, first lady Jill Biden and other members of the Biden clan traveled to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday evening. They will celebrate the New Year at the island home of wealthy business owners Bill and Connie Neville.
The House of Representatives voted largely by party last week to pass the bill less than 11 hours before the start of a partial government shutdown. The House and Senate also approved a week-long measure to keep government funding through Dec. 30 to give Biden enough time to sign the bill.
The spending package includes $858 billion to fund the Department of Defense and $772.5 billion for “discretionary” programs. The bill also contains about $45 billion in military aid to Ukraine.
Officially called the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023”, the omnibus bill will maintain government funding until September 30, 2023.
“Thank you to Rep. DeLauro, Speaker Pelosi, Senators Leahy and Shelby, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell and many others for their leadership,” read a House statement. Blanche during the signing of the bill.