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Mon Feb 12, 2024, 10:05 AM Feb 12

US Senate forges ahead on Ukraine, Israel aid as 'Putin is watching'

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday will attempt to steer a $95.34 billion package containing aid for Ukraine and Israel to passage this week following months of delays, even as it lacked any guarantee that the House of Representatives will support the measure.

On Sunday, the bill got a boost when the Senate voted 67-27 to move it past an important procedural hurdle. Also over the weekend, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer set a course for passage by Wednesday.

On Monday, the Senate is expected to cast a procedural vote that, if successful, would keep the bill moving forward.

Having kept senators working during rare back-to-back Saturday and Sunday sessions, Schumer wrapped up for the night saying, "Our friends abroad are watching closely how we vote in the upcoming days. Ukrainian fighters are watching and you can be sure (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is watching the Senate, too."

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-forges-ahead-ukraine-israel-aid-putin-is-watching-2024-02-12/

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