BREAKING: Senate Aligns With House, Passes Ukraine/Israel Foreign Aid Bill 79-18

After an 80-19 vote in the afternoon on cloture, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday evening passed the National Security Supplemental measure by a vote of 79-18. It will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature. 

The measure passed the House on Saturday by a vote of 311-112. 


BREAKING: Ukraine Bill Passes House, All Amendments Fail. Swift Senate Passage Seems Guaranteed.

Once it cleared the House, the package was all but guaranteed passage in the Senate. Here’s a rundown of what it includes.

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $95 billion emergency foreign aid package, ending months of bitter fighting over $61 billion for the war in Ukraine that had deeply divided the Republican Party.

The package also includes $15 billion in military aid for Israel and $9 billion in humanitarian aid for Gaza and other war-torn areas, which became another flashpoint among conservative Republicans who argued it didn’t have adequate safeguards to keep it from going to Hamas.
It provides $8 billion in security assistance to deter Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific.
And it includes language to force the Chinese owner of TikTok to divest from the popular app, which is used by more than 140 million Americans, or otherwise face a ban within the United States.
But the centerpiece of the package is $47.7 billion that would flow through the Defense Department to provide training, equipment, weapons, logistics support and supplies to help Ukraine’s military, as well as $13.4 billion to replenish U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine and $20.5 billion for U.S. Armed Forces support in Europe.
It also includes $9.5 billion in economic aid to Ukraine structured as a forgivable loan, an idea that former President Trump gave life to when the Senate passed a previous version of the $95 billion assistance package in February.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) celebrated the bill’s passage. 

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also claimed it as a victory.

Not all Republican senators were on board with the measure. The nays included Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday evening that his vote was a close call because there were aspects of the package with which he does agree, including aid to Israel. But because it gives money to NGOs trafficking illegal immigrants and does nothing to secure the southern border, he could not agree to it. 

Here’s a list of the other nays on the bill:

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