U.S. Congress Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Amid Deteriorating Situation in Ukraine

U.S. Congress passes $95B foreign aid package, including $60.8B for Ukraine, $26.4B for Israel, and $8.1B for Indo-Pacific allies. Bipartisan support, but concerns remain over Ukraine's long-term prospects and potential changes in U.S. support under a possible second Trump presidency.

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U.S. Congress Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Amid Deteriorating Situation in Ukraine

U.S. Congress Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package Amid Deteriorating Situation in Ukraine

The U.S. Congress has passed a $95 billion foreign aid package that includes $60.8 billion in assistance for Ukraine, $26.4 billion for Israel and humanitarian aid for Gaza, and $8.1 billion for allies in the Indo-Pacific. The passage of the aid package was a turbulent process, with conservative opposition to Ukraine aid initially delaying its approval. However, the package ultimately received wide bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

President Biden signed the legislation into law on Wednesday, stating that it will "make America and the world safer" and continue America's global leadership. The Ukraine portion of the package provides around $23.2 billion for the U.S. military to replenish weapons provided to Ukraine and $13.8 billion for Kyiv to purchase weapons. Biden said the assistance will begin flowing to Ukraine "within hours," including air defense munitions, artillery, rocket systems, and armored vehicles.

Why this matters: The delay in passing the foreign aid package coincided with a deteriorating situation in Ukraine on multiple fronts. Ukraine has suffered setbacks and sustained massive damage to its infrastructure due to the delay in U.S. weapons deliveries, which forced Ukraine to ration its munitions. The passage of the aid package reaffirms the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine, but the longer-term outlook remains uncertain.

The aid package also includes a provision that gives TikTok's parent company ByteDance nine months to sell the app or face a nationwide ban in the U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson faced threats from far-right Republicans to oust him if he allowed a vote to send more assistance to Ukraine. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that the delay in providing Ukraine with weapons could impact its chances of defeating Russian aggression.

Despite the significant aid package, it remains unclear whether Ukraine can make enough progress to sustain American political support before exhausting the latest influx of money. The debate over Ukraine spending has also highlighted concerns about potential changes in U.S. support for Ukraine and NATO under a potential second Trump presidency, as the former president, now the presumptive 2024 GOP nominee, previously warned NATO allies of decreased U.S. support if he returns to the White House.

"This aid package will make the world safer," Biden said at the signing ceremony. "The equipment we're sending to Ukraine will be replaced with new products made by American companies, which supports American jobs and ensures our military remains the strongest fighting force in the world."

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. Congress passes $95B foreign aid package, $60.8B for Ukraine, $26.4B for Israel.
  • Package provides $23.2B to replenish U.S. weapons sent to Ukraine, $13.8B for Kyiv to buy arms.
  • Delay in aid package coincided with Ukraine's setbacks, forcing it to ration munitions.
  • Package includes provision to force TikTok's parent company to sell app within 9 months.
  • Concerns remain over potential changes in U.S. support for Ukraine under a 2nd Trump presidency.