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17 GOP Senators Help Democrats Pass $95 Billion Ukraine Aid Package, Here Are Their Names

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A Senate bill earmarking millions of dollars for Ukraine and Israel has cleared an initial hurdle on its journey through the Senate, although the road ahead may be lengthy.

In a procedural vote, a foreign aid spending bill worth $95 billion, solely focused on international assistance, moved forward. This came a day after a similar bill, which included provisions for the southern border, faced opposition from Republicans.

The bill, securing a 67-32 vote, according to NBC News, gained support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with several Republican senators, including Shelley Moore Capito, John Thune, Mike Rounds, Bill Cassidy, John Kennedy, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Roger Wicker, Susan Collins, Todd Young, Mitt Romney, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Thom Tillis, John Cornyn, and Jerry Moran.

Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, voted against the bill, citing his disapproval of the Israeli conflict in Gaza.

The legislation includes over $60 billion in aid for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described it as a “good first step” and emphasized its importance for national security. He pledged that the Senate would persist in its efforts on the bill.

Senator Rand Paul, however, expressed his intention to employ procedural tactics to slow down the legislative process, vowing to keep the Senate engaged in discussions. He emphasized the need to address the U.S. border concerns alongside those of Ukraine.

The procedural vote paves the way for a potentially contentious debate over potential amendments to the bill. Senator Marco Rubio referred to it as “a midnight train to nowhere.”

Senator Kevin Cramer highlighted the importance of bringing the process to a conclusion, acknowledging the potential for amendments related to border security.

The Senate is scheduled to begin a two-week recess, but some Republicans emphasized the urgency of addressing border security issues before adjourning.

Senator Lindsey Graham underscored the need to secure the U.S. border, expressing his intent to propose amendments and support Ukraine once reasonable efforts have been made.

Senator Tommy Tuberville suggested that amendments related to border security are likely, focusing on adjustments to the defeated bill from Wednesday without duplicating its content.

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