House Approves $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package

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The House on Saturday was heading toward passage of a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, despite facing challenges from within the party. Speaker Mike Johnson took a bold step to push the long-stalled legislation forward, risking his position to do so.

Details of the Aid Package

Lawmakers were set to vote separately on aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, along with another bill containing provisions related to TikTok and sanctions on Iran. The legislation includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel and humanitarian aid for conflict zones, and $8 billion for the Indo-Pacific region.

The bill also includes a provision for seeking repayment from Ukraine of $10 billion in economic assistance, with the option for loan forgiveness from 2026 onwards.

The House floor scenario is expected to showcase bipartisan support for aiding Ukraine’s military and the political maneuvering by Mr. Johnson to navigate opposition within his party. The Speaker, known for his conservative views, took a different stance this time and relied on Democrats to advance the aid package.

For months, there was uncertainty surrounding Congress’s approval of additional aid for Ukraine. The funding approval comes at a crucial time as the conflict in Ukraine continues to evolve, with Republicans initially linking aid to immigration measures and later opposing aid paired with border enforcement provisions.

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