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US Senate ready to block $100 billion Israel-Ukraine aid package – Politico — RT World News


Republican lawmakers have reportedly indicated they will reject President Joe Biden’s proposal or make drastic changes to it.

US President Joe Biden’s $106 billion national security funding request, which includes aid to Ukraine and Israel, is underway. “great difficulty” as senators prepare to block or significantly change the bill, Politico reported Tuesday.

The outlet noted that many members of the Senate, including Republican supporters of Biden’s initiative, are “unusually pessimistic” on the chances of the bill. “The package sent by the White House is really dead” South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds was quoted as saying. “Senate appropriators can start by starting from scratch. »

The bill was introduced by the Biden administration last week, seeking legislative approval to provide an additional $61.4 billion to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and $14.3 billion to help Israel in its war against Hamas. Biden also wants $9.2 billion for humanitarian aid to Israel, Gaza and Ukraine, as well as $7.4 billion to counter China’s influence. The administration has budgeted an additional $13.6 billion in funding for border security.

Politico noted that even though Democrats hold the majority in the Senate, they still need nine or more Republican votes to pass a bill through the chamber. However, it appears Republican lawmakers are unhappy with the current version of Biden’s proposal, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying a number of Republican senators want enhanced border security as well as “other changes.”

Politico added that some Republicans were unsure about linking aid to Israel to continued funding for Ukraine. A growing number of conservative MPs have fiercely opposed any further support for kyiv.

“They should be separated” insisted Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, pointing out that the Israeli component of Biden’s bill has “almost overwhelming support” and could be quickly adopted.

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, however, insisted that Biden’s package should move forward as a whole. “These are four national security issues, and we should treat them as a unit,” he insisted.

To date, Washington has approved at least $113 billion in aid to Ukraine, according to recent calculations by the US State Department’s Office of Inspector General. However, House Republicans have increasingly opposed additional aid, going so far as to threaten a government shutdown last month over the inclusion of Ukraine in a spending bill. governmental.

Kiev’s funding was ultimately removed from the interim spending package, but U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy lost his job after “Ukraine skeptics” accused him of cutting a deal secret deal with the Biden administration to keep the money flowing.


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