On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to provide additional $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia, paving the way for a vote on the bill, possibly later this week, after military and humanitarian aid was postponed due to opposition from one Republican senator.
The score was 81 to 11 in the first of three possible procedural votes, paving the way for the final adoption by the Senate of funding demanded by President Joe Biden’s administration to continue aid and revitalize the government in Kiev almost three months after the Russian invasion began.
All 11 votes against were from Republicans.
The House of Representatives approved the aid on May 10. But she stopped in the Senate after Republican Sen. Rand Paul refused to allow a quick vote.
Biden’s fellow Democrats tightly control both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but Senate rules require unanimous consent to move quickly to a final vote on most legislation.
Paul said he wanted the inspector general to be appointed to oversee the funds, but rejected a Senate leaders’ offer to vote on amendments to his proposal.
Amendments to the bill will force the House to vote on it again, which will lead to further delays.
There is strong support from both sides in assisting Ukraine.
The House of Representatives passed the measure 368 to 57 with significant Republican support, despite all 57 votes against in the House of Representatives from Republicans.
Mitch McConnell, a top Republican in the U.S. Senate, led a small delegation to Ukraine this weekend.
He said the Senate could approve the aid on Wednesday.
The Biden administration said additional money for Ukraine should be approved by Thursday to avoid disruptions to U.S. aid.