The United States Senate overcame a series of procedural hurdles when approving a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
Senators voted 66-33, exceeding the 60-vote threshold to send the bill to the Republican-led House of Representatives.
The president of the chamber, Mike Johnsonissued a statement about the Senate’s “failure to address the most critical aspects of the complementary national security law.”
“Now, without any changes in border policy from the Senate, the House must continue to work on these important issues on its own accord. “America deserves better than the Senate status quo,” added Johnson on his official X profile.
The bill includes $60 billion in funding for Ukraine, $14 billion will go to support Israeli and US military operations in the region, and more than $8 billion will go to support US partners in the Indus region. Pacific, including Taiwan.
Nearly $10 billion is also earmarked for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.
The independent senator Bernie Sanders He was one of those who voted against the bill, arguing that giving $10 billion to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “in unrestricted military aid for his terrible war against the Palestinian people is unthinkable.”
President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass the bill and send it to his desk “immediately,” saying “it’s time for Republicans in Congress to show courage, courage to explain to the It’s American that you work for them. and not for anyone else.”