10 Senators Flip-Flop On Ukraine

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Tuesday in the Senate, a group of ten senators, nine of whom were Republicans, had voted to push forward a package that would provide aid to Israel and Ukraine. This was passed while the legislation that had been passed earlier this year had been opposed. 

In an 80-19 procedural vote the package moved towards a final vote on Tuesday. Overall around 31 Republicans had voted to advance the package. 

The package deal is going to include $61 billion for aid to Ukraine, another $26 billion allocated for Israel, and humanitarian aid on a global level, and finally an additional $8 billion would be given to U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific. The law also included a few more national security items, including a possible ban on TikTok, the large social media company. 

In February, the nine Republicans which included Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), James Lankford (Okla.), Katie Britt (Ala.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.),  Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Pete Ricketts (Neb.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Tom Cotton (Ark.), all of whom had voted against advancing this legislation in February. Still, they voted “no” in an earlier passage of the bill. 

On Tuesday,  Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) also supported the advancement of the package. A spokesperson for the senator noted that the Senator had opted to advance the debate, much like he had done in February despite the fact that in the final bill vote, he had voted against the bill. He added that this move by the Senators was because he was hoping that the Senate would maintain its reputation as a great “deliberative body.” 

Previously Sen. John Thune (S.D.) had argued that he expected that the votes would be largely the same as the Tuesday night vote.

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