Senate approves allocation of $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine

19 May, 09:00 PM
The bill was previously supported by the US House of Representatives (Photo:Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS)

The bill was previously supported by the US House of Representatives (Photo:Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS)

The U.S. Senate voted in favor of a further $40 billion aid package to Ukraine on May 19, with the decision being supported by 86 senators, with 11 against, according to the official website of the upper house of the U.S. legislature.

Earlier, the bill was given the green light by the lower house, the U.S. House of Representatives. The package includes military and humanitarian aid.

Previously U.S Senator Rand Paul held the bill, demanding the independent overseer control the spending of aid. 

Congress is said to have acted with extraordinary speed and bipartisan solidarity after Biden warned that aid to Ukraine is likely to stop next week without a new influx of funds. In a rare show of bipartisanship, both majority leader Chuck Schumer and minority leader Mitch McConnell co-promoted the bill.

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