U.S. President Signs $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package

April 24, 2024

… when our allies are stronger, we are stronger.

United States President Joe Biden after signing a $95 billion foreign aid package into law one day after the Senate passed the legislation with broad bipartisan support.

Why It Matters: The legislation took lawmakers months to agree on as debates emerged regarding the involvement of the U.S. in foreign wars. The $95 billion foreign aid package will provide weapons and support to U.S. allies, such as Ukraine and Israel. On Wednesday, President Biden said of the delivery of weapons, “I’m making sure the shipments start right away – literally within two hours. … As I’ve argued for months, this is directly in America’s national security interests.” A bill added to this package will also force the sale of TikTok by ByteDance, its Chinese parent company, within a year. If no sale occurs, the U.S. will ban the app.

Something To Consider: A recently conducted Monmouth University Polling Institute survey of U.S. adults found that “Just over 4 in 10 (43 percent) of Americans are in favor of the recently passed bills to provide aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, while 35 percent are opposed. Another 21 percent have no opinion. Democrats broadly support the foreign aid package … while Republicans … and independents … are somewhat more likely to be against than for the deal.”

Read More: Biden signs foreign aid bill, says weapons to be sent to allies within hours (Roll Call)

Senate overwhelmingly passes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan with bipartisan vote (NPR)

Senate passes Ukraine, Israel aid bill after months-long debate (The Washington Post)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas