The US Senate approved $60 billion in financing for Ukraine on Tuesday, but the bill runs the risk of not being approved by the House of Representativeswith a Republican majority, according to its president Mike Johnson.
The $95 billion package includes funding for Israel’s military and its strategic ally Taiwan, but the bulk — $60 billion — would help Ukraine. to replenish depleted supplies of ammunition, weapons and other crucial needs as we enter a third year of war.
The bill, which the Senate voted on early Tuesday and passed with bipartisan support, does not include changes to US immigration policy.
An earlier Senate text covering both the border and foreign aid was blocked by members of Johnson’s own party, after he also promised to overturn it in the House of Representatives over concerns that it did not sufficiently address illegal border crossings.
“House Republicans were very clear from the beginning of the discussions that any so-called supplemental national security legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border,” Johnson said in a statement.
Johnson had previously stated that the first Senate billwhich included some of the toughest immigration restrictions in decades but which he claimed did not go far enough, would be “dead on arrival” in his chambers.
His rhetoric matched that of former President Donald Trump, who has strongly called for the bill to be rejected as he runs for office again and seeks to exploit Joe Biden’s alleged weakness on immigration.
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The bill approved in the Senate on Tuesday excluded immigration reforms and was approved by 70 votes in favor and 29 against, with the support of several Republicans.