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22 Republicans Help Pass Controversial Ukraine Bill

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The Senate passed a $95 billion national security supplemental package to aid Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific.

The package does not include border security provisions and comes as the national debt exceeds $34 trillion.

It includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $9 billion for Gaza, and nearly $5 billion for the Indo-Pacific.

“I believe in America first, but unfortunately America first means we have to engage in the world,” Sen. Jerry Moran said.

Republicans filibustered the bill, citing concerns about the absence of border security measures.

The package was brought to a vote after Republicans blocked a $118 billion package that included border and immigration provisions.

“I know it’s become quite fashionable in some circles to disregard the global interests we have as a global power, to bemoan the responsibilities of global leadership,” Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

“To lament the commitment that has underpinned the longest drought of great power conflict in human history — this is idle work for idle minds, and it has no place in the United States Senate.”

The White House had requested the supplemental funding package in October, and it was held up by Republicans who wanted more measures to address the border crisis.

The package is “a down payment for the survival of Western democracy and the survival of American values,” Chuck Schumer argued.

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