United House OKs $13.6B for Ukraine in huge spending bill

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The House approved a massive spending bill Wednesday night that would rush $13.6 billion in U.S. aid to battered Ukraine and its European allies, after top Democrats were forced to abruptly drop their plan to include fresh funds to battle COVID-19.