A narrowly divided U.S. Senate voted on Sunday to send a $95.34 billion aid package to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, defying opposition from Republican hardliners and former President Donald Trump. This bipartisan display comes as Ukraine marks two years since Russia’s invasion and faces continued pressure on the battlefield.
Highlights of the Bill:
- $61 billion directed towards military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.
- $14 billion to support Israel in its conflict with Hamas.
- $4.83 billion to bolster Indo-Pacific partners like Taiwan against Chinese aggression.
- $9.15 billion allocated for global humanitarian aid needs.
Despite Trump’s public criticism, calling the package a “giant scam” and urging Republicans to oppose it, the bill passed with a 67-27 vote. This included support from some key Republican senators, highlighting a widening gap between Trump and the mainstream of the party on foreign policy matters.
Uncertain Hurdles Ahead:
While the Senate vote represents a significant step forward, the bill still faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives. Speaker Kevin McCarthy leads a narrow Republican majority, with some members echoing Trump’s concerns about the cost and scope of the package.
- House passage with some modifications or potential delays.
- House approval of a smaller aid package focused solely on Ukraine.
- The bill stalling in the House, requiring further negotiations and compromises.
Key Questions Remain:
- Will enough House Republicans join Democrats to overcome potential opposition and pass the bill?
- Will the final package resemble the Senate version or undergo significant changes?
The fate of this aid package has implications beyond the immediate conflict in Ukraine. It serves as a test of U.S. commitment to allies and its resolve in deterring broader geopolitical challenges.