Senate Approves $40 Billion In Aid To Ukraine

The Senate approved $40 billion in aid to Ukraine
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The Senate passed a bill providing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine as the eastern European country enters its fourth month defending itself from an unprovoked Russian invasion.

From the New York Times:

The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a $40 billion emergency military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine, as the United States deepens its support for an increasingly costly and protracted fight against a Russian invasion.

The measure will bring the total American investment in the war to roughly $54 billion in just over two months. The Senate approved it overwhelmingly, on a vote of 86-11, in the latest reflection of the remarkable bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for a massive investment in Ukraine’s war effort, which propelled the spending package through the House last week.

The measure’s relatively smooth path through Congress has demonstrated how the searing images of suffering in Ukraine, coupled with fears about Russian aggression spreading beyond the country’s borders, have — at least for now — overcome resistance from both parties to American involvement in war abroad.

The House approved the aid to Ukraine by a vote of 368-57 last week, with only Republicans opposing the legislation. The vote in the Senate was delayed for a week after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) threw a wrench into the system, even though he knew he couldn’t stop the vote from eventually happening.

President Biden is expected to sign the legislation into law as soon as possible.

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