US House Advances US$ 95 billion Ukraine-Israel Package Toward Saturday Vote

April 20, 2024, 09.48 PM | Source: Reuters
US House Advances US$ 95 billion Ukraine-Israel Package Toward Saturday Vote

ILUSTRASI. Israel and American flags are flown near the U.S. Capitol during a rally in support of Israel and protest against antisemitism on the National Mall in Washington, November 14, 2023. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

ISRAEL GENOCIDE - WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a $95 billion legislative package on Friday providing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific in a broad bipartisan vote, overcoming hardline Republican opposition that had held it up for months.

Friday's procedural vote, which passed 316-94 with more support from Democrats than the Republicans who hold a narrow majority, advanced a package similar to a measure that passed the Democratic-majority Senate in February.

Democratic President Joe Biden, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, and top House Democrat Hakeem Jeffries had been pushing for a House vote since then. Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson had held off in the face of opposition from a small but vocal segment of his party.


In addition to the aid for allies, the package includes a provision to transfer frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, sanctions targeting Hamas and Iran and to force China's ByteDance to sell social media platform TikTok or face a ban in the U.S.

The legislation provides more than $95 billion in security assistance, including $9.1 billion for humanitarian aid, which Democrats had demanded.

If the House passes the measure, as expected, the Senate must follow suit to send it to Biden to sign into law.

Schumer on Friday told senators to be prepared to come back over the weekend if needed.

Some conservative lawmakers oppose aid to Ukraine, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sent mixed messages about it.

Some Democrats also oppose certain provisions in the bill, notably on Israel aid, and have pushed for more conditions on that assistance.

Editor: Syamsul Azhar

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