- The US Senate accredited $95 billion in emergency protection funding for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan.
- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned Putin “will regret the day he questioned America’s resolve.”
- The invoice now must cross the House of Representatives, the place it is prone to face stiff opposition.
The US Senate handed a $95 billion emergency protection assist invoice for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan early Tuesday morning.
The 70-29 vote put an finish to just about per week of flooring dialogue and 4 months of back-and-forth over President Joe Biden’s October enchantment to Congress to additional assist Ukraine.
Twenty-two Senate Republicans voted for the package deal, together with virtually all Democratic lawmakers, barring Peter Welch of Vermont, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who voted in opposition to it.
After the vote handed, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on X that Putin “will regret the day he questioned America’s resolve.”
However, the invoice will now must go to the House of Representatives, the place it’s anticipated to face stiff opposition.
House Speaker Mike Johnson preemptively rejected the invoice on Monday night, saying that it failed to handle US-Mexico border safety and was subsequently a nonstarter.
“In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters,” he wrote in a assertion posted on X.
The laws contains $60 billion in assist for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel’s battle with Hamas, $8 billion for Taiwan and companions within the Indo-Pacific to counter China, and $9.2 billion in humanitarian help for Gaza, per the Associated Press.
It doesn’t embrace any border safety provisions after Schumer stripped the border safety language from the invoice final week, per Reuters.
In a put up on X following the vote, JD Vance, a Republican senator, mentioned the House “won’t pass the current bill,” including: “We must fix our country before devoting more resources to Ukraine.”
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) hinted in an announcement final week that Democrats would attempt to drive the invoice to the ground by way of a discharge petition.
“House Democrats are prepared to use every available legislative tool to make sure we get comprehensive national security legislation over the finish line,” he mentioned.