Senate Approves $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine by a Wide Margin

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The United States Senate voted 86-11 on Thursday morning to send $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, the Associated Press reported.

All of the 11 that voted against the bill were Republicans, and President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill soon.

The aid was approved by the House with a 368-57 vote last week, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked a quick passage of the bill in the Senate last Thursday over concerns about the fiscal impact of the bill and even proposed an amendment that would require an inspector general to look at how the money would be used, as we reported.

Critics of the bill, like Paul and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), have argued that the U.S. is essentially engaging in a proxy war by sending the Ukrainians financial assistance and that the U.S. already has too many issues of its own.

“If we’re gonna have a proxy war, and we’re gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine, because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber,” Roy said Wednesday on the House floor.

Other lawmakers from both parties believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to help Ukraine in its effort to defend itself.

“Help is on the way, really significant help. Help that could make sure that the Ukrainians are victorious,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, per the AP.