House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite Republican Criticism

The U.S. House passes a $95B foreign aid package, with $61B for Ukraine and $26B for Israel, despite some Republican opposition. The bipartisan support highlights the U.S. commitment to key allies amid global threats.

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House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite Republican Criticism

House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Despite Republican Criticism

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $95 billion foreign aid package on Saturday, including $61 billion for Ukraine and $26 billion for Israel, despite criticism from some Republican lawmakers who argued that the U.S. should prioritize securing its own borders instead of spending money it doesn't have.

The package was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, with Democrats and Republicans coming together to deliver a fresh round of U.S. support to Ukraine as it fights against Russia's invasion. The aid to Ukraine and Israel also won approval by healthy margins, as did a measure to clamp down on the popular platform TikTok.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was among the detractors of the package, stating that the U.S. spends close to $900 billion on defense and should focus on securing its own border before spending over $100 billion on helping other countries secure their borders. Johnson expressed concern about not being able to debate the aid in the Senate and said he would not support the package when the upper chamber takes it up.

Why this matters: The passage of this significant foreign aid package, despite opposition from some Republicans, highlights the ongoing U.S. commitment to supporting key allies like Ukraine and Israel in the face of global threats. It also underscores the bipartisan consensus on the importance of countering adversaries like Russia, China, and Iran.

The package now heads to the Senate, where approval in the coming days is nearly assured. President Biden has promised to sign it immediately, thanking the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who voted to put "our national security first". Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed gratitude for the support.

The passage of the package was seen as a pivotal moment in congressional action after months of dysfunction and stalemate, with lawmakers from both parties recognizing the importance of supporting U.S. allies in the face of global threats. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) defended his decision to bring the aid package to a vote, saying it was "critically important" in pushing back on Russian aggression.

Key Takeaways

  • House passes $95B foreign aid package, $61B for Ukraine, $26B for Israel
  • Bipartisan support for aid to Ukraine and Israel, despite some Republican criticism
  • Senator Ron Johnson opposes the package, says US should focus on securing borders
  • Package heads to Senate, where approval is nearly assured, Biden promises to sign
  • Passage seen as pivotal moment after months of dysfunction, supports US allies