Senate Passes Its Most Controversial Aid Package Yet

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( – On Tuesday night, the $95 billion package with aid had passed the Senate after managing to pass through the House over the weekend. The bill includes funding for both Ukraine and Israel and it is now heading to President Joe Biden’s office for signing. 

The package passed through the Senate in a 79 to 18 vote. It is expected that Biden is going to be quick to sign off the additional foreign aid bill which is going to be passed with more votes than the version that had previously passed through the Senate in February. The package deals with a number of foreign issues as it provides aid to Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine. It also requires that ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok move its $5 billion in Russian assets to banks in the United States before it is transferred to Ukraine.

In October Biden had originally requested supplemental foreign aid in October. This was a different version of the package deal that in February had passed through the Senate but had never made it for a House vote. Under the measure, there are around $61 billion that are going to be allocated to aiding Ukraine in its war against Russia. Around $26 billion is going to be given in humanitarian aid to Israel, while the remaining $8 is allocated to Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region. 

The Senate moved quickly towards passing the bill, voting in favor of invoking cloture, 81-19. After the cloture motion had passed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. celebrated informing the senators on the floor that this was a resounding bipartisan vote. 

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