Only a handful of Republicans have opposed the document, which calls for greater spending in foreign countries
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to pass a 40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine. The bill gave Kiev about $ 20 billion in arms, ammunition and training and dramatically increased the US State Department’s budget.
Under the bill, Ukraine receives সহায়তা 19.75 billion in military aid, including salaries for its troops, weapons and intelligence assistance from the US military. Some of these figures have been allocated to pay for US troops stationed in Europe and to replenish US arms stockpiles already sent to Ukraine.
The U.S. State Department will also receive a windfall of 13 13.9 billion, of which 8 8.8 billion will be sent to Ukraine and 4 4 billion to the military in Ukraine and its neighbors.
At 40 billion, the bill is more than six times Ukraine’s full annual defense budget.
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The bill passed easily in the House earlier this month, despite opposition from 57 Republicans. The delegates, most of whom are members of the pro-Trump branch of the GOP, argued that it was inappropriate to send large sums of money to Ukraine because the United States was dealing with rising inflation, record fuel prices and food and consumer shortages. Some have condemned their own party members for signing this amount of money for failing to crack down on illegal immigration and opioid deaths at home.
Republican senators who oppose the bill have made the same argument as their House colleagues. “It’s not national security, it’s nation building.” Missouri Sen. Josh Howley told Fox News on Wednesday “I want to put the national security of the American people first. That is nationalism. “
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul delayed passing the bill last week, demanding oversight of how the money would be spent. Citing the huge cost of the bill, Paul declared: “I swear by the US Constitution, not by any foreign nation. We cannot save Ukraine by destroying the US economy.