US Senate Passes $95 Billion Aid Bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan
US Senate Passes Aid Package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan
The Democratic-led U.S. Senate has approved a $95.34 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. However, the bill faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Senate Approval and Path to the House
The Senate passed the aid package with a 70-29 vote, surpassing the required threshold for passage. The bill will now move to the House for consideration. Notably, 22 Republicans joined most Democrats in supporting the bill.
Senate Majority Leader’s Remarks
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed confidence that the bill would garner bipartisan support in the House if Republican Speaker Mike Johnson allows a vote. Schumer urged Johnson to bring the bill to the floor quickly.
Uncertain Future in the House
It remains unclear whether Speaker Johnson will allow a vote on the bill, as he previously expressed concerns about the legislation lacking conservative provisions to address the flow of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Impact on Ukraine and Allies
The aid is crucial for Ukraine as it continues to defend against Russian attacks and stabilize its economy. President Joe Biden has been advocating for increased aid to Ukraine, but has faced opposition from Republican hardliners, particularly in the House.
Challenges Faced in Congress
The Senate vote took place before sunrise, following a series of speeches by hardline Republican opponents of Ukraine aid. The aid package also includes funds for Israel, humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and support for U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s influence.
Reaction from Ukrainian Officials
Ukrainian officials have warned of weapons shortages as Russia continues its attacks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the passage of the bill, emphasizing the importance of American assistance in restoring stability.
Legislative Process and Challenges
The bill must be approved by both houses of Congress before President Biden can sign it into law. However, Senate Republicans previously blocked a similar bill, and the House may face challenges in passing the legislation.
Details of the Aid Package
The aid package includes $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and $4.83 billion for U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s aggression. Additionally, it allocates $9.15 billion in humanitarian assistance for conflict zones worldwide.