US Senate passes $95B aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

Biden says he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk, adding 'the need is urgent'

09:25 - 24/04/2024 Çarşamba
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The US Senate approved a long-awaited $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Tuesday.

The chamber passed the bill in a bipartisan 79-18 vote, sending it to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.

Biden said he will sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches his desk on Wednesday.

"The need is urgent: for Ukraine, facing unrelenting bombardment from Russia; for Israel, which just faced unprecedented attacks from Iran; for refugees and those impacted by conflicts and natural disasters around the world, including in Gaza, Sudan and Haiti; and for our partners seeking security and stability in the Indo-Pacific," he said in a statement released shortly after the Senate passed the bill.

The bill includes more than $60.8 billion for Ukraine, $26.6 billion for Israel and $8 billion for Indo-Pacific allies to counter China.

The bill would also allow nearly $9.1 billion for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.

It also includes language to force the Chinese owner of TikTok to sell off the social media app or risk being effectively banned in the US.

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