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The Senate cleared a procedural hurdle, with more than 60 Senators on both sides of the aisle voting to advance a $95.34 billion aid package during a rare Sunday session.
Senators voted 67-27 to advance an amendment that changes the underlying text of the legislation in the new foreign aid legislation that does not include bipartisan border provisions that were rejected by a majority of the Senate Republicans earlier in the week.
The Senate Appropriations Committee released the legislative text of the more than $95 billion foreign aid bill earlier in the week. The funding includes aid for Ukraine, security assistance to Israel, humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Ukraine, $4.8 billion to help Taiwan and Indo-Pacific allies, and an additional $2.4 billion to support U.S. Central Command operations in the Red Sea. The bill still includes provisions targeting fentanyl trafficking, part of the border agreement.
In a speech from the Senate floor on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared, “As I’ve said all week long, we’re going to keep working on this bill until the job is done. Even though we’re keeping the process moving on the floor, Democrats still hope we can reach an agreement with our Republican colleagues on a reasonable list of amendments. We’re happy to have a fair and reasonable amendment vote.”
The report further explains: The next vote would be Monday night, absent a time agreement. Currently, there is still no movement on amendment votes.
Senators Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Grassley, Kennedy, McConnell, Moran, Mullin, Murkowski, Romney, Rounds, Sullivan, Thune, Tillis, Wicker, Young voted in favor
Senators Sanders voted against
— Senate Press Gallery (@SenatePress) February 11, 2024
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 7, 2024
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 11, 2024
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