Senate Passes Ukraine, Israel Aid Bill After Fierce GOP Debate


WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Tuesday handed laws offering U.S. help to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after days of fierce intra-party Republican debate over pushing again in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and sustaining America’s standing around the globe.

The dispute pitted the previous guard of the Republican Party in opposition to Donald Trump-era conservatives and populists, whose rising affect was in a position to sluggish however in the end not cease the invoice within the higher chamber. Its passage within the House is unsure, nonetheless, after House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) poured chilly water on it on Monday.

In a speech Monday night forward of the vote, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, solid the problem in stark phrases, calling it “the most important vote we will ever take as United States senators.” He argued that permitting Putin to win in Ukraine would have far-reaching penalties in Europe and across the globe.

“If we fail to help Ukraine, Putin will invade a NATO nation,” Romney warned. “He may delay his next invasion until he rebuilds his decimated military. But let’s be clear-eyed: Ukraine is not the end; it is a step.”

Taking purpose on the invoice’s opponents, Romney added: “I know that the shock jocks and online instigators have effectively riled up many in the far reaches of my party. But if your position is being cheered by Vladimir Putin, it’s time to reconsider your position.”

Pro-Trump conservatives lined up in opposition to the invoice, nonetheless, forcing a uncommon weekend session of the Senate and an early Tuesday vote after hours of speeches by important senators. They argued that the $95 billion international help package deal value an excessive amount of and did nothing to safe U.S. borders, regardless that they voted to dam bipartisan laws final week that included harder border enforcement measures.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaks to reporters Sunday as the Senate works through the weekend on a $95.3 billion foreign aid bill that includes support for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The fate of the aid package in the House is in doubt.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaks to reporters Sunday because the Senate works via the weekend on a $95.3 billion international help invoice that features assist for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The destiny of the help package deal within the House is unsure.
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“Say no to endless wars. Say no to broken borders. Say no to funding corruption and death half a world away,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) stated.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added: “I care about the bankrupting of America. I care about the looting of our treasury. Sending money to Ukraine makes our national security more endangered.”

Even Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one in every of Congress’ largest protection hawks and a supporter of Ukraine help, opposed the invoice, which he stated wanted to meaningfully tackle the wave of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. Graham and his employees had been concerned in serving to write elements of the bipartisan border laws that gained the endorsement of the U.S. Border Patrol union. But after Trump urged senators to reject the laws, fearing giving Democrats a win as he campaigns to reclaim the presidency, Graham stated he couldn’t assist it.

“I hope the House will take another meaningful look at border security so that it can pass the Senate,” Graham stated in a press release.

Johnson’s assertion on Monday didn’t explicitly rule out permitting the House to vote on a Senate-passed international help invoice. He stated the House will “work its own will” on these points and criticized senators for failing to cross the border coverage adjustments.

The newest twist in Johnson’s place elicited bewilderment from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who helped negotiate the Senate border invoice.

Murphy posted a lowercase tweet Monday on X, stating that Johnson “said he wouldn’t pass ukraine funding without a border deal and we got a deal and then he killed the deal because he said we didn’t need a deal and now he says he won’t pass our ukraine funding bill bc it doesn’t include a border deal.”

He added, “honestly wtf.”

There have been some discussions by lawmakers about the potential of forcing a House vote on the invoice through a hardly ever used process generally known as a discharge petition. But that might probably produce a conservative backlash and put Johnson’s place as speaker in danger.