House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite GOP Infighting

The U.S. House swiftly approved a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and allies, despite resistance from some Republicans. The vote showcases bipartisan support for U.S. global leadership, though divisions remain within the GOP.

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House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite GOP Infighting

House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite GOP Infighting

The U.S. House of Representatives swiftly approved a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and other allies in a rare Saturday session. The package, which includes $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, despite months of resistance from hard-right Republicans.

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., risked his job to marshal the package through the House, relying on Democrats to ensure the military and humanitarian funding was approved. The vote was seen as a historic moment, with lawmakers from both parties urging quick approval to ensure the U.S. remained a leader on the global stage.

Why this matters: The passage of this significant foreign aid package demonstrates the U.S. commitment to supporting its allies and maintaining its global leadership role. It also highlights the ongoing political divisions within the Republican party over foreign policy priorities.

However, a small but growing number of Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., have openly called for Johnson's removal as speaker over his handling of the legislation. "Mike Johnson is a lame duck Speaker of the House," Greene said. "Our effort to remove him is gaining momentum."

Republican Rep. Tom Cole criticized his party's infighting over the aid package, urging them to "grow up." "The Republican Party needs to grow up and stop the infighting over the aid package, which has become a divisive issue within the party," Cole said.

The package now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass as soon as Tuesday. President Biden has vowed to sign it immediately, with the White House clinching the urgent foreign aid after a months-long saga that involved starts and stops in Congress.

The House vote was 311-112, with 101 Republicans supporting the legislation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to both parties and Speaker Johnson for the decision, calling it "a bad day for Putin." The Kremlin criticized the move, saying it would further ruin Ukraine and cause more Ukrainians to die.

The approval of the $95 billion foreign aid package, including $61 billion for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel, and $8 billion for the Asia Pacific region, marks a significant victory for the Biden administration's foreign policy agenda. Despite opposition from some Republican hardliners, the House vote demonstrated broad bipartisan support for assisting key American allies. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass next week before being signed into law by President Biden.

Key Takeaways

  • House approved $95B foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, allies.
  • Package includes $61B for Ukraine, $26B for Israel, $8B for Asia Pacific.
  • Passage demonstrates U.S. commitment to supporting allies and global leadership.
  • Some Republicans, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, call to remove Speaker Johnson.
  • Senate expected to pass the package next week, Biden to sign it into law.