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Senate advances Biden's $40 billion Ukraine aid package, despite GOP defections

Added 05-16-22 08:03:01pm EST - “The Senate voted to advance consideration of President Biden's $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package Monday, with Republicans splitting on the topic.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Senate advances Biden’s $40 billion Ukraine aid package, despite GOP defections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate voted to advance consideration of President Biden’s $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package Monday, with Republicans splitting on the topic.

In a lopsided vote, the Senate approved a motion to initiate debate on the legislation. Since the aid package is proceeding under standard Senate rules, at least 60-votes were needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

“We have a moral obligation to pass this assistance as soon as we can,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. “The vast majority of us in this chamber are united in getting this done as quickly as possible, including myself and the republican leader.”

More than 20 Republicans voted with all 50 Senate Democrats to advance the bill. Lawmakers will now take at least two days to publicly deliberate the package, with final passage expected as soon as Wednesday.  

Mr. Schumer originally hoped to push the package through last week, but procedural hurdles arose from a contingent of Senate Republicans.

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