Washington – After months of setbacks in the Senate, a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific may finally be making its way to the House early next week. The Senate is expected to vote on Friday night to begin debate on the foreign aid supplemental, and will continue working through the weekend after facing objections from both sides of the aisle. The procedural vote, requiring a simple majority, is expected to pass and will set up several days of debate and additional votes, potentially delaying the start of the Senate’s two-week recess on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, stated that the Senate will continue working on the bill until it is passed. On Thursday, the Senate cleared its first hurdle in getting the supplemental passed after Republicans blocked a bipartisan border security deal that included the foreign aid. The foreign aid portion was then separated from the larger bill, but a procedural vote to advance the stripped-down version was delayed on Wednesday night due to disagreements on how to proceed.

Schumer stated that Democrats are willing to consider reasonable and fair amendments, but Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has objected to anything that would speed up the bill’s passage. If the bill can pass the Senate, it still faces challenges in the House, where many Republicans are opposed to providing additional aid to Ukraine. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, has not yet committed to the bill’s future in the lower chamber.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, has indicated that Democrats may attempt to force a vote on the foreign aid bill using a procedural step known as a discharge petition. This would require a handful of Republicans to sign on, giving Democrats the 218 signatures needed to force a vote on the House floor. However, this process can take days or weeks to complete.

In a statement, Jeffries stated that House Democrats are prepared to use every available legislative tool to ensure that comprehensive national security legislation is passed.  

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