U.S. Senate Passes Foreign Aid Package

February 13, 2024

It’s certainly been years, perhaps decades, since the Senate has passed a bill that so greatly impacts not just our national security, not just the security of our allies, but the security of western democracy.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on an aid package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan that passed in the U.S. Senate early on Tuesday. The bill did not contain previously included provisions for the U.S. southern border.

Why It Matters: After months of negotiations, the Senate worked throughout the night to advance a foreign aid package with lawmakers voting 70-29 on a $95.34 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Monday. 

The bill includes $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel and $4.83 for Indo-Pacific partners. If passed, it would also include $9.15 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza, the West Bank, and other zones of conflict.

The bill previously included funds for the U.S. southern border and a bipartisan effort for new border policy but was pulled from the bill after it faced opposition. The future of the border legislation and funding remains TBD.

However, the bill faces uncertainty in the House. Reuters explains, “It’s not clear that Republican Speaker Mike Johnson will even bring the bill to a vote, having faulted it for lacking conservative provisions to stem a record flow of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.” Both the Senate and the House must approve it before President Biden can sign the bill into law.

Read More:

US Senate heads toward final passage of Ukraine aid bill (Reuters)

Senate passes a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine and Israel, but fate in the House is uncertain (The Associated Press)

by Sarah Pinkerton, based in Paris