$40bn Ukraine aid package advances in US Senate

17 May, 02:28 PM
81 senators voted in favor of the bill, 11 against (Photo:Jackelberry / Pixabay)

81 senators voted in favor of the bill, 11 against (Photo:Jackelberry / Pixabay)

With 81 votes to 11, the U.S. Senate has advanced the $40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine towards the final vote later in the week, Bloomberg reported on May 16.

The vote indicates that the bill enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislative body. Every “nay” vote came from Republican senators.

According to Bloomberg’s report, the bill could pass as early as May 18, provided the senators agree to waive rules on debate. If no changes are made, it would then be sent to U.S. President Joe Biden for his signature.

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On May 12, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) delayed the bill’s passage, demanding a special inspector to oversee how Ukraine would be spending U.S.-provided funds.

According to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, in order to ensure seamless flow of U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, the new funding package would have to become law by May 19.

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