Fate of $95B Aid Package for Ukraine and Israel Looms As It Heads To House


FILE - The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise, Feb. 7, 2024, in Washington. The Senate has passed an emergency spending package that would provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel, replenish U.S. weapons systems and provide food, water and other humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, FIle)
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The Senate is moving forward with a $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine and Israel, but its fate in the House is uncertain. The money, which is for Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion and Israeli security assistance, passed a Senate procedural vote with the help of 18 Republicans in a rare Sunday session, despite former President Donald Trump’s opposition.

If the bill passes the Senate, which leaders hope could happen as soon as Tuesday, it will head to the House, where many Republicans have expressed opposition.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden says he is working with U.S. allies in the Middle East to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas. He met with the King of Jordan at the White House on Monday.

The president told reporters a deal between Israel and Hamas is in the works for a six-week pause in fighting. He also warned of the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, noting that too many of the 27,000 Palestinians killed in the conflict have been innocent civilians and children.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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