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The US House approves a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

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The US House of Representatives has approved a $95 billion legislative package aimed at providing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support, faced stiff resistance from Republican hardliners but ultimately prevailed, paving the way for further deliberation in the Democratic-majority Senate.

The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, received widespread attention as leaders from both parties, including Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican Senate President Mitch McConnell, urged embattled Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to pass it to vote.

The bill, which will be considered in the Senate starting Tuesday, allocates $60.84 billion to address the conflict in Ukraine, with significant portions earmarked to replenish U.S. weapons, supplies and facilities.

In addition, $26 billion has been earmarked for Israel, including substantial funding for humanitarian needs, while $8.12 billion has been allocated to the Indo-Pacific, especially Taiwan.

After the House passed the bill, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his gratitude and emphasized the importance of the aid in maintaining stability and saving lives.

The Biden administration is already preparing to announce additional assistance to Ukraine to address urgent battlefield needs shortly after the bill’s enactment.

Despite the bill’s passage, concerns remain about the pace at which military funding for Ukraine could run out, prompting calls for further congressional action. President Biden underscored the urgency of the situation, citing the ongoing threats facing both Ukraine and Israel.

Notably, when the House of Representatives voted on financing Ukraine, 112 Republicans opposed the legislation, revealing divisions within the party.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an outspoken opponent of aid to Ukraine, criticized Speaker Johnson but took no immediate action to remove him from office.

Tensions arose during the House session as lawmakers waved Ukrainian flags in solidarity, prompting Speaker Johnson to admonish them for breaching decorum.

Meanwhile, the approval of aid to Israel, while overwhelmingly supported, also exposed growing discontent within Congress over Israel’s actions in Gaza, with a notable number of Democrats and Republicans opposing the measure.

The legislative package, which includes measures to address threats posed by Chinese social media app TikTok and the possible transfer of seized Russian assets to Ukraine, drew criticism from some hardline Republicans concerned about budget responsibility. However, Speaker Johnson defended the bill as a necessary step to meet crucial obligations.

Despite internal party disagreements, former President Donald Trump expressed support for Chairman Johnson and emphasized the importance of Ukraine’s survival to the United States.

Chioma Kalu

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