US Senate passed $95.3 billion package that includes aid for Ukraine

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On February 13, the US Senate passed a $95.3 billion package with aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, which still risks to be killed in the House of Representatives.

The bill was supported by 70 votes with 22 Republicans among those.

“With this bill, the Senate declares that American leadership will not waiver, will not falter, will not fail,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he was the one who worked closely with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on the bill.

“It’s certainly been years, perhaps decades, since the Senate has passed a bill that so greatly impacts not just our national security, not just the security of our allies, but the security of Western democracy,” Schumer emphasized on the importance of the legislation.

House Speaker Mike Johnson has already claimed he would not put it to the vote in the House.

“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,” Johnson said in a statement.

He added that “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo,” though he also voiced a need to split the legislation on aid to allies and border security into separate bills. However, Johnson and other Republicans tried to pursue a $17.6 billion standalone bill with aid to Israel to fight against Hamas.

US President Joe Biden has been urging Congress to approve aid to Ukraine and other allies for a few months, meanwhile concerns about Ukraine suffering from the shortage of weapons to resist Russia’s aggression have been spreading in Ukraine and Europe.

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