On Sunday, the US Senate made a crucial move towards providing aid to Ukraine. The vote was 67 to 27 in favor of the bill presented by President Joe Biden’s administration. The package includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel against Hamas and funds for a strategic ally of the United States, Taiwan. However, the granting of this aid may face opposition from Trumpist Republicans in Congress.
The Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate, while the Republicans have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives. The next vote in the upper house is not yet known but could be held at the beginning of the week. In the House, right-wing elected officials will likely oppose the measure stiffly.
The United States has been a significant military supporter of Ukraine since its invasion by Russia two years ago. However, elected officials are unable to agree on whether to provide new funds to support Ukraine’s efforts against Russian aggression. While Democrats are largely supportive of such funding, Republicans are divided between interventionists and isolationists.
On Sunday, eighteen Republican senators supported the bill despite opposition from some members of their party who are more isolationist or pro-Trump. Mitch McConnell, leader of Senate Republicans, stated that “the eyes of the world are on American Senate.” He acknowledged that this aid has become an issue in President Biden’s presidential campaign and that his predecessor Donald Trump has been increasing hostile towards Ukraine’s government. Even without a mandate, Trump managed to torpedo previous congressional agreements on Ukraine aid packages recently.
President Biden described his comments as “distressing and dangerous.” Despite this opposition from certain groups within Congress and outside it, he remains committed to providing additional aid to Ukraine as it faces ongoing Russian aggression and continues its struggle for democracy and sovereignty.