(NewsNation) — The Senate passed a bill early Tuesday that would send billions in military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Indo-Pacific allies, but House leadership has already signaled their opposition.
“The mandate of national security supplemental legislation was to secure America’s own border before sending additional foreign aid around the world,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said in a statement. “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo.”
The Senate vote was 70-29. It began at 5:15 a.m. after opponents delayed it overnight.
The framework of the bill comes from the failed attempt at a compromise on U.S. border security that Republicans seek and Ukraine aid that Democrats have called imperative to thwarting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s victory in the war.
“History settles every account,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement after helping the bill pass. “And today, on the value of American leadership and strength, history will record that the Senate did not blink.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing Tuesday that Biden urges the House to send the legislation to his desk “immediately” so he can sign it into law. Politics, she said, should not be a part of this.
The deal includes $60 billion for Ukraine; $14 billion for Israel; $9 billion for humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and Ukraine; and $8 billion to support Taiwan and allies in the Indo-Pacific.
The package would allot roughly $60 billion to Ukraine, and about a third of that would be spent replenishing the U.S. military with the weapons and equipment that are sent to Kyiv.
Support for sending military aid to Ukraine has waned among Republicans, and progressives have objected to sending offensive weaponry to Israel. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent of Vermont, as well as Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Peter Welch of Vermont voted against it.
“I cannot in good conscience support sending billions of additional taxpayer dollars for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s military campaign in Gaza,” Welch said. “It’s a campaign that has killed and wounded a shocking number of civilians. It’s created a massive humanitarian crisis.”
Lawmakers have cast the aid as a direct investment in American interests to ensure global stability.
“I believe that if Speaker Johnson brought this bill to the House floor it would pass with the same strong bipartisan support,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the bill passed.
When asked what the plan B for the bill is since Johnson said it’s dead on arrival, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said it’s “critical” that the House takes it up.
Sen. John Fetterman, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said the Senate made a “powerful statement” to stand with U.S. allies and “for democracy.”
“I would like to thank 22 of my Republican colleagues who joined Senate Democrats to get this done,” he wrote. “Now, it’s time for the House to do their job.”
Ultimately, Schumer said, the responsibility now falls on Johnson and Republicans to approve the bill.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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Author: Bobby Oler