On Sunday, the US Senate took a crucial step towards the adoption of massive new aid to Ukraine. The bill, presented by Joe Biden’s administration, received 67 votes in favor and 27 against, providing $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel against Hamas. However, the granting of this envelope is at risk of encountering a categorical refusal from Trumpist Republicans in Congress.
Despite being divided between interventionist hawks and isolationists, eighteen Republican elected officials supported the bill on Sunday. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republicans in the upper house, emphasized that “today, it is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on the American Senate.”
The process remains fraught with pitfalls for the envelope as it has become an issue in President Biden’s campaign. While Democratic President Biden is urgently calling for these new funds to support Ukraine, his predecessor Donald Trump has been increasingly hostile towards any new aid to Ukraine. Even without a mandate, Trump was able to torpedo a compromise on the package in Congress.
Joe Biden described his comments as “distressing and dangerous.” As tensions continue to escalate between Russia and Ukraine, this aid package could be critical in supporting Ukrainian forces on the ground.