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Bill – This is included in the aid package for Ukraine presented by the US Senate – News


The US Senate developed a draft aid package worth one billion dollars, with a total of 118 billion dollars. Overview.

It's all about this: The US Senate has drawn up an aid package, including for Ukraine. The bill also includes tightening immigration policy in the United States. The total package amounts to $118 billion. About half of this amount, $60.06 billion, is allocated to Ukraine – and $20.23 billion is allocated to the security of its borders. It also includes $14.1 billion for Israel's security. Support for Ukraine in particular has sparked discussions that have lasted for months.

These additional amounts are planned: The bill also includes $10 billion in humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Ukraine. In addition, $2.44 billion has been allocated to US Central Command and the US deployment in the Red Sea, in addition to $4.83 billion to support US partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

This is the reason for the billion dollar aid: “The United States and our allies face diverse, complex, and sometimes coordinated challenges from adversaries who seek to disrupt democracy and expand authoritarian influence around the world,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday (local time) in a press conference.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, at a news conference in Washington in late January.

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This is the crux of the matter: Whether the second house of Parliament, the House of Representatives, also approves the package, everything else is certain. Republican Majority Leader Mike Johnson opposes this package. “This bill is worse than expected,” he wrote. However, Mitch McConnell, the ranking Republican in the Senate, supported negotiations on the new bill.

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From left: Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Mike Johnson.

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This is what the president says: Joe Biden welcomed the new bill presented by the Senate. “I call on Congress to quickly pass this bipartisan bill. “Put it on my desk so I can sign it and make it law right away,” he said. Biden had already asked Congress in October to approve a measure that would provide additional funding to support Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. But at the time there was talk of funds amounting to $106 billion. The main points of the new draft law are largely consistent with what the US President has already called for. But at the time, the project was blocked by House Republicans who were pushing for immigration policy changes.