It PASSED – 79 To 18!

Ukraine has been valiantly defending its territory against Russian aggression, while the US has been providing aid to support their efforts. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have engaged in debates over the continuation of this support, with a consensus eventually emerging to pass a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and other allies.

On April 20, the House of Representatives passed the aid package with a significant majority, but a notable group of GOP lawmakers voted against several of the measures, including the entire package. The most united support was for Taiwan’s aid.

The legislation was then forwarded to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed the chamber, emphasizing the importance of the package as a “unified message to the entire world” that the US “will always defend democracy.”

After deliberation, the Senate passed the package three days later, sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. President Biden has indicated his intention to sign the package without delay, acknowledging its urgent necessity.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) strongly supported the package, calling its passage a “very important day for freedom-loving countries.” The package included $60 billion for Ukraine, $17 billion for Israel, $9 billion for Gaza and other areas in need of humanitarian aid, and $8 billion for other allies.

While some House members were less enthusiastic about the measures, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) ultimately collaborated with Democrats to pass the bills. Johnson, who initially opposed sending aid overseas, stated that he would “rather send bullets to Ukraine than American boys.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for America’s support in their time of need, thanking Johnson for his efforts and emphasizing that “peace and security can only be attained through strength.” Zelenskyy also extended a heartfelt “thank you” to America for their assistance.