(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a controversial decision, 18 Republicans in the US Senate have sided with the Democrats to advance a $95 billion bill for providing military aid to America’s foreign allies under attack, particularly Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.
This development occurred as senators convened on Super Bowl Sunday.
The 67-27 vote effectively concluded the debate on the supplemental bill’s provisions.
This action surpassed the required threshold to overcome a filibuster, The New York Post reports.
With this procedural obstacle now behind them, the Senate is poised to conduct a vote on the passage of this national security bill, anticipated to occur within the current week.
“I can’t remember the last time the Senate was in session on Super Bowl Sunday, but as I’ve said all week long, we’re going to keep working on this bill until the job is done,” commented Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Efforts to initiate work on the foreign military aid package began last Thursday, amid heated debates on how best to support Ukraine, which was attacked by Putin’s Russia precisely 2 years ago, in February 2022.
Republicans had demanded any new financial aid for Ukraine should be accompanied by substantial reforms in US border security.
However, the GOP rejected a joint reform proposal, which they said did nothing to resolve the illegal immigrant invasion.
This led Schumer to pursue a separate US military aid package excluding any border security provisions.
The bill that advanced includes approximately $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and $4.83 billion for allies in the Indo-Pacific region, especially Taiwan, which fears a Russian-style invasion by Communist China.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) emphasized the global attention on the Senate’s actions.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on the United States Senate,” he said.
During a recent visit to Washington, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appealed to Congress to approve the aid package, highlighting the critical nature of US support for Ukraine.
President Biden had previously requested renewed funding for Ukraine last August, but congressional action had been stalled for months.
“If America doesn’t assist Ukraine, Putin is all too likely to succeed… The only right answer to this threat is for the Senate to face it down unflinchingly by passing this bill as soon as soon as we can,” Schumer declared