July 19, 2024

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US procedural vote on aid package

The US House of Representatives, in a procedural vote, supported consideration of a package of bills on providing financial assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan: 316 people were in favor, 94 were against, Reuters reports.

The final vote will take place today, Saturday 20 April. The aid package was divided into three parts: support for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. Voting for each package will take place separately.

The bill involves the allocation of more than $60 billion to Kyiv, ATACMS long-range missiles and the transition to a loan system. In accordance with the document, the US President can postpone the decision on the supply of long-range missiles if he considers that their transfer will harm the national security interests of the United States. Support packages for Israel and Taiwan involve the allocation of $26 billion and $8 billion.

The package of bills includes a provision on the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, as well as sanctions against Iran and the Palestinian group Hamas, designated terrorist in the United States and the European Union.

If the bill is approved, it will be transferred to the Senate, where aid to Ukraine is supported by a confident majority of legislators. Then it must be signed by Democratic President Joe Biden, who promised to do so immediately as soon as the document reaches him. writes Air Force.

The Ukraine support bill calls for a total of $60.84 billion in spending, but that includes $23.2 billion to replenish U.S. military supplies dwindling after military supplies to Kyiv and $11.3 billion for ongoing U.S. military activities in the region, such as training Ukrainians. military personnel outside their country and military presence in the countries of NATO's eastern flank.

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