On Sunday, the Senate took a crucial step towards adopting massive new aid to Ukraine. However, the granting of this envelope risks encountering a categorical refusal from the Trumpist Republicans in the House of Representatives.
The bill provides in particular 60 billion for Ukraine and 14 billion for Israel against Hamas. The package also includes funds for a strategic ally of the United States, Taiwan. In the House of Representatives, where the Republicans have a narrow majority, the measure will face stiff opposition from right-wing elected officials.
Two years after the start of the Russian invasion, elected officials from the United States are unable to agree on whether to validate new funds for Ukraine. The Democrats are in favor while Republicans are divided between interventionist hawks and isolationists who are loyal to former President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, eighteen Republican elected officials nevertheless supported the bill in the Senate. “Today is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on Congress,” said Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The process remains fraught with pitfalls for Biden’s push for additional aid to Ukraine, which has become an issue in his re-election campaign.