The United States Senate has taken a significant step towards the adoption of new aid to Ukraine, but there is a risk that this aid may face opposition from the Trumpist Republicans in Congress. On Sunday, the Senate voted 67-27 in favor of putting forward the bill presented by President Biden’s administration for a vote. The package includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel against Hamas, and funds for Taiwan. However, it is unclear when the next vote will take place in the upper house.
In the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a narrow majority, the measure is likely to face strong opposition from right-wing elected officials. The Democrats are largely in favor of this aid package, while Republicans are divided between interventionist hawks who support Ukraine and lieutenants of Donald Trump who are more isolationist. This division has made it difficult for elected officials to agree on how to validate new funds two years after the start of Russia’s invasion.
On Sunday, eighteen Republican senators supported the bill despite criticism from some members that their country should not continue to disburse tens of billions of dollars as long as its border with Mexico remains “insecure.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer both emphasized that this vote was being held on Super Bowl Sunday, one of the most popular days in American football. They stated that “today is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on us.”
President Joe Biden has urged for these new funds while his predecessor Donald Trump has been increasingly hostile in his comments about Ukraine. In fact, just two days ago he threatened NATO countries against paying their share if they do not do so immediately. He also said that he would “encourage” Moscow to attack them if they did not pay their share. These comments have raised concerns among many people about what might happen if he were re-elected in November. Even without a mandate, he managed to torpedo a compromise on this package with Congress recently.