The US Senate Blocks Military Aid Package to Ukraine

Parties failed to reach a compromise on the aid package, tying it to the absence of incentives in the immigration reform legislation.

07/12/2023 - 16:04
Source: Reuters
Source: Reuters

Republicans in the Senate have blocked the passage of a bill regarding aid to Ukraine, as reported by citing BBC.

This occurred shortly after they failed to reach compromises on the conditions they sought in exchange. The $110 billion package (£87.3 billion) included $61 billion for Ukraine along with funds for Israel and aid to Gaza.

The White House warned that American funds for Ukraine could soon run out.

Senators voted 51 out of 100 against advancing the bill, falling short of the necessary 60 votes. The vote brings uncertainty to the future of aid to Ukraine and returns legislators to the negotiation table as only a few days remain until Congress's scheduled winter recess.

Each Republican senator voted against the measure, along with Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who earlier in the day expressed doubts about the legislation providing billions in military aid to Israel.

"I do not believe that we should give over $10 billion to the right-wing extremist Netanyahu government to continue its current military approach. What the Netanyahu government is doing is immoral; it is a violation of international law, and the United States should not be involved in these actions," said Sanders.

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden stated he was willing to make significant compromises on border issues to secure the passage of the aid bill.

Also on Wednesday, the Biden administration announced an additional $175 million in security assistance to Ukraine from previously approved funding. The package includes ammunition, including missiles and artillery shells, as well as "equipment to protect critical national infrastructure," as stated in the US Department of Defense press release.

Concerns regarding the future $110 billion package heightened on Tuesday after a classified briefing for legislators aimed at bolstering support for the new funds failed dismally.

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