U.S. House to decide on $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan today

The Capitol, Washington, DC
The Capitol, Washington, DC

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on a substantial military aid package worth over $60 billion for Ukraine on April 20, potentially breaking through years of bipartisan gridlock.

This move could end six months of uncertainty for Ukraine amid ongoing conflicts. The package is part of a broader $95 billion aid proposal that also includes support for Israel and Taiwan.

Марджорі Тейлор-Грін і Майк Джонсон <span class="copyright">REUTERS/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades</span>
Марджорі Тейлор-Грін і Майк Джонсон REUTERS/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The House is scheduled to meet on April 20 at 9 a.m. ET (4 p.m. EET) to vote on four bills, including:

  • 8034 - Assistance to Israel

  • 8035 - Assistance to Ukraine

  • 8036 - Assistance to Taiwan and Indo-Pacific Stability

  • 8038 - The 21st Century Peace through Strength Act, which would give the U.S. president the right to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran, as well as measures to counter China (also known as the TikTok ban bill).

Voting is expected to begin shortly after 1 p.m. (8 p.m.)

On April 19, the House held a procedural vote on each bill, with 165 Democrats and 151 Republicans supporting the advancement of a major foreign aid package. Only 94 representatives voted against. During the bipartisan vote, Democrats joined Republicans in an unprecedented move to overcome right-wing hardliners rebellion who objected to bringing the bills up to the House floor for a vote.

Bill 8035, notably the largest military aid proposal for a non-NATO member, was crafted by GOP Speaker Mike Johnson as a counter to the White House and Senate Democrats' broader aid package. This package includes measures to combat illegal immigration and bolster the southern U.S. border.

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The total amount of aid to be provided to Kyiv has changed slightly in the bill 8035, from the initial $61.4 billion in U.S. President Joe Biden's fall proposals to $60.032 billion.

On April 17, Politico reported that the Pentagon was ready to quickly dispatch artillery and anti-aircraft munitions to Ukraine as soon as the House foreign aid bill clears Congress.

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