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US Senate Republican leader to advocate voting against aid to Ukraine

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 01:58
US Senate Republican leader to advocate voting against aid to Ukraine
MITCH MCCONNELL. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Mitch McConnell, Leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, has revealed that he will be advocating for Republican senators to vote against additional aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Source: ABC News, citing McConnell

Details: The official explained that he made such a decision "to make the point, hopefully for the final time, that we insist on meaningful changes to the border".

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Amid an ongoing standoff over assistance that the White House calls imperative, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled a critical procedural vote  for Wednesday on a bill that contains no border provisions.

Earlier on Tuesday, he accused Republicans of holding aid to Ukraine hostage over their demands for border policy changes.

Previously: US congressmen explained why the vote on aid to Ukraine was associated with the issue of strengthening the Mexican-American border and why some lawmakers are demanding that the two cases be considered together, arguing that "there is nothing unusual here".

Background:

  • Earlier, Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor, urged Congress to support the White House's request for additional funding for Ukraine, warning that a failure to vote for it would help Russia.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled the first procedural vote on the additional US$106 billion aid package proposed by President Joe Biden for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific region and for humanitarian purposes in Gaza.
  • In September, the White House asked Congress to approve a US$106 billion supplemental funding package that included over US$61 billion in funding for Ukraine, as well as funding for Israel, Taiwan and border security.
  • However, the initiative stalled due to resistance from far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose new speaker, Mike Johnson, proposed splitting aid to Ukraine and Israel.

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