Biden Signs $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Bill while Visiting South Korea

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President Biden lost no time in signing the emergency funding measure from South Korea, which included a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, Fox News informed.

The bill was flown to the president on Friday by someone who was already scheduled to fly to South Korea as part of Biden’s Asia trip this week, according to the White House.

The bill was submitted to the president’s desk on Thursday after passing the House and Senate on a broadly bipartisan basis in just over a week.

Despite the fact that the plan passed the lower chamber on the day it was submitted, with just over a quarter of House GOP voting against it in a 368–57 vote, the Senate took nine days to send the aid package to the president.

In an 86-11 vote, eleven Senate Republicans defied party leadership and voted against the bill due to budget concerns.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spearheaded the opposition and sought the appointment of an inspector general to oversee the expenditure.

While some agreed with his concerns about supervision, others, including as Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, stated he opposed the bill in principle.

Senators Paul and Hawley were accompanied in their opposition by

Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Mike Braun, R-Ind., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

Senate Republicans who support the bill warn that if Russian President Vladimir Putin gains traction in Europe, the US will pay a lot more in the battle against him.

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a Republican, stated that at least 25% will go straight to the US military, with some going to Europe to augment our capabilities.

Then there’s the humanitarian aspect.

To offset Putin’s aggressiveness in Ukraine, the US has committed to provide $54 billion in military and humanitarian aid.

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