Democratic-aligned defectors also increased overnight, with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Pierre Welch (D-Vt.) all voting against the bill. But the vast majority of the caucus remained united on the bill after last week’s failed border security votes.
Welch – the last to oppose the package – spoke after the vote and framed his opposition on his concerns about Israeli aid.
“The inevitable conclusion is that the Netanyahu government is not listening,” Welch said. “It is difficult not to conclude that (Netanyahu’s) enemy is not only Hamas, but also the Palestinians.”
The vote took place after a weekend of delays and a sleepless night of speeches between Monday and Tuesday. The senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) managed to delay final passage by opposing a time deal on the bill, which would have moved it much faster.
After voting and leaving town, senators will now return on February 26, just days before the government’s first funding deadline. In the meantime, Johnson will have an important decision to make.
Although he initially called for a bipartisan border security element in any foreign aid bill, he ended up working to kill the product negotiated by the Senate last week. On Monday, he said, “absent a single change in border policy from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work of its own accord on these important issues.”
Shortly after the bill was approved by the Senate, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was “grateful” to Schumer and the minority leader. Mitch McConnellalongside other senators who “supported continued aid to Ukraine.”
“For us in Ukraine, continued U.S. assistance helps save lives from Russian terrorism,” Zelensky said.
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