House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support

U.S. House passes $95B foreign aid bill with bipartisan support, marking a shift in Speaker Johnson's stance. The aid package is seen as vital for Ukraine and allies against Russian and Chinese aggression.

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House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support

House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Bill with Strong Bipartisan Support

On April 21, 2024, Speaker Mike Johnson announced the passing of a $95 billion foreign aid bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The package, which includes $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel, and $8 billion for the Indo-Pacific region, drew overwhelming bipartisan support despite months of resistance from some hard-right Republicans.

In a statement, Johnson said he believed passing the bill was "the right thing" to do. He acknowledged that the legislation was not perfect but emphasized the significance and urgency of the aid, noting that leaders around the world, including in Ukraine, had expressed support for it.

The passage of the aid package marks a notable change in Johnson's stance, as he was previously a staunch skeptic of U.S. intervention in foreign conflicts. However, after receiving classified briefings and considering the views of various Republican factions, Johnson decided to risk his speakership to push the bill through the House.

Why this matters: The strong bipartisan support for the foreign aid bill demonstrates the U.S. commitment to protecting democracies and supporting its allies against aggression from countries like Russia and China. The passage of the bill is seen as vital for Ukraine, which is facing a critical shortage of ammunition and continued Russian strikes.

Despite facing opposition from some Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who vowed to remove him from the speakership, Johnson was able to ensure the approval of the foreign aid bills by using the votes of the Democratic minority. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul praised Johnson's "profile in courage" in putting the nation above his own political interests.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass quickly. President Biden has pledged to sign the legislation once it reaches his desk. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for the decision, stating that the aid will "keep the war from expanding, save thousands and thousands of lives, and help both of our nations to become stronger."

Key Takeaways

  • The U.S House of Assembly has passed $95B foreign aid bill with $61B for Ukraine, $26B for Israel.
  • Bipartisan support despite resistance from some hard-right Republicans.
  • Bill marks a change in Speaker Johnson's stance, who was previously sceptical.
  • The passage demonstrates the U.S. commitment to protecting democracies and allies.
  • Bill heads to Senate, expected to pass quickly and be signed by President Biden.