The US Senate approved a major aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan early Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)
The US Senate has passed a sweeping $95billion package that includes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, after weeks of hurdles.
Senators approved the foreign aid package on a 70-29 vote early Tuesday, with 22 Republicans including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joining all Democrats in the chamber to surpass the 60 votes that were needed.
‘History settles every account,’ stated McConnell. ‘And today, on the value of American leadership and strength, history will record that the Senate did not blink.’
But the package is far from final approval. It is headed for a showdown in the GOP-controlled House, where Speaker Mike Johnson has already cast doubt on the legislation. It faces opposition from hardline Republicans aligned with ex-President Donald Trump, who has argued that the US should only give more aid foreign aid if it is a loan.
The House is scheduled to return to session on Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of where the funding would go:
The bill allots $60billion to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia.
‘For us in Ukraine, continued US assistance helps to save human lives from Russian terror. It means that life will continue in our cities and will triumph over war,’ wrote Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on X (Twitter) after the passage in the Senate.
‘American assistance brings just peace in Ukraine closer and restores global stability, resulting in increased security and prosperity for all Americans and all the free world.’
The legislation includes $14.1billion in security assistance to Israel in its fight against Hamas.
The bill includes nearly $5billion to defend Taiwan.
The legislation also includes $9.2billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza and other places, and $7.2billion for other causes.
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