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US Senate passes $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

  • By Madeline Halpert
  • BBC News

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The US Senate has approved a long-awaited $95bn (£75.2bn) aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after months of political wrangling.

While Democrats were in favor of passing the bill, Republicans were divided and had previously rejected it.

The package includes $60 billion for kyiv, $14 billion for Israel’s war against Hamas and $10 billion for humanitarian aid in conflict zones, including Gaza.

Lawmakers voted 70-29 to approve the package.

The bill will now head to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where its fate remains uncertain.

The measure passed the Senate despite criticism from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and former President Donald Trump.

Ultimately, 22 Republicans voted for the bill, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“History settles all accounts,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement after the vote. “And today, when it comes to the value of American leadership and strength, history will record that the Senate did not blink.”

The Ukrainian president also said he was “grateful” to the senators for having adopted it.

The vote came after an all-night Senate session in which several Republicans gave speeches criticizing the measure.

The aid package is a slimmed-down version of a $118 billion plan that Senate Republicans rejected last week.

Republicans had initially demanded that any foreign aid be tied to more security measures at the southern border.

But after Mr. Trump came out against the measure, Republicans were divided on the package.

Some lawmakers have suggested border security measures could be reinstated in the current version of the legislation.

Mr. Johnson suggested in a statement Monday evening that the new bill would not pass the House without such provisions.

“House Republicans have been very clear from the start of discussions that any so-called additional national security legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border,” he said. .

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.

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