The proposal would provide around $60 billion to Ukraine through Tuesday, September 30, 2025, when the U.S. fiscal year ends. Almost $14 billion of that would go directly for armaments and weapons.
It would be the biggest single package for Ukraine since Russian forces crossed the border almost two years ago. Four previous payments totaled $110 billion.
“With this bill, the Senate declares that American leadership will not waver, will not falter, will not fail,” Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York, said.
The Senate approved the bill 70-29 at 6:30 a.m. ET, about 30 minutes before sunrise in Washington. That’s because some lawmakers gave lengthy speeches against it.
“President Trump is right to insist that we think outside the box,” Graham said.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was more blunt. He called the package “the middle finger to every working man and woman in America,” because “we care more about Ukraine than we care about our southern border.”
”He will not lose. He’s not going to lose,” Johnson said, while calling Putin “an evil war criminal.”
Moderate Republicans who voted for the aid package admittedly were torn about it. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, almost broke down in tears explaining his vote.
“I believe in America First,” he said. “America First means we have to engage in the world.”
“History will record that the Senate did not blink,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said.
A separate section of the bill includes $9.15 billion in humanitarian aid. It would be divided between Ukraine and traditionally Palestinian territories.
Knewz.com reviewed the bill’s history and found it originally passed the House in March 2023 as a “Veterans Community Care” proposal. More than 225 amendments have been offered to it over the past year.
The big question now is whether House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, will support the revised package. He’s one of those on record saying the Mexican border must come first.
“Any so-called national security supplemental legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border,” a statement from the Speaker said.
The House also has greater Ukraine skeptics and is more influenced by Trump, the The Wall Street Journal noted.
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