The vote indicated bipartisan support for the legislation, which had been at risk of being scaled back substantially until Republicans rallied around a more extensive bill.
Only two of the 14 Republicans who broke ranks to support taking up gun legislation are facing voters this year, showing how difficult such deals could be in the future.
A bipartisan consensus in Congress to increase the Pentagon’s budget is growing stronger as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a sense of insecurity.
The legislation has drawn bipartisan support amid the coronavirus pandemic as Democrats and Republicans have become increasingly concerned about Beijing’s supply chain dominance.
In encounters with their constituents this week, Republican lawmakers have grappled with the consequences of their yearslong alliance with President Trump: an angry, misinformed base.
Not long after Senator Mitch McConnell warned his Republican colleagues that their efforts to overturn an election would send democracy into a “death spiral,” fear surged through the Senate chamber.