11/02/2024 Ukraine aid bill inches forward in US Senate
The U.S. Senate on Friday edged closer to passing a
bill that includes $95.34 billion in aid
for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, but faces an uncertain path to becoming law due to Republican opposition in both chambers of Congress.
The Senate voted 64-19 to advance the legislation one step along a chain of preliminary votes that could stretch into next week, unless party leaders can reach agreement with rank-and-file lawmakers to fast-track the bill. Lawmakers expect to take the next procedural step in a rare Sunday session.
In Friday's vote, the bill cleared a simple majority threshold with 14 Republicans supporting the measure.
Many Republicans want to make a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, to allow amendments to the legislation in exchange for quicker action.
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