After briefly endorsed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the Senate voted on Thursday to pass a nearly $40 billion bill to send aid to Ukraine as it continues to fight back against the uprisings. brutal and gratuitous attack by Russia. The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month and will now go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The final count of votes in the Senate was 86 to 11.
President Biden, who is on his first trip to Asia since taking office, will sign the aid package while in South Korea, an official said, with the bill being shipped overseas to the site. Presidential. The Act provides money for military and humanitarian aid, including funding to support Ukraine’s military and national security forces, which helps replenish stockpils of American equipment sent to Ukraine, and providing medical and public health assistance to Ukrainian refugees.
Senator Paul, long known for his isolationist and pro-Russian views, failed to reach agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on his demands. Paul wants the language in the bill to create a special inspector general position to oversee all Ukrainian spending. He suggested that John F. Sopko, who has been the US watchdog for Afghanistan’s reconstruction for the past decade, could do the job. Schumer proposed holding a vote on an amendment to create the position, but Paul rejected the proposal. Finally, no new language was added to the bill passed by the House of Representatives, which includes funding provisions for spending oversight at the Departments of Defense and State as well as the United States Agency for International Development. Ky.
The Senate voted 86-11 to pass a $40 billion Ukraine aid package passed by the House, sending the bill to President Biden for him to sign.
All 11 against were Republicans:
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The aid package is “extremely important; It was very important last week,” said Senate Payroll Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who added: “And I can’t believe some Republicans have held up. that. Every day it is delayed, it affects the war effort. ”
McConnell said ahead of today’s vote to pass a $40 billion bill for Ukraine: “Anyone concerned about the costs of supporting a Ukrainian victory should consider the much larger cost if Ukraine loses.” . Eleven of his members opposed the bill in large part because of its cost
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Others who voted no were Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Braun of Indiana, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
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