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Sat. May 25th, 2024

The US House of Representatives is gearing up for a significant vote on Saturday regarding a crucial aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, along with a potential TikTok ban. The votes on the $95 billion foreign aid and arms bills are set to commence at 1:00 pm (1700 GMT). Speaker Mike Johnson, facing challenges, will require Democratic support to secure their passage.

Months of intense negotiations, pressure from US allies, and appeals for assistance from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have led to the creation of these bills. The funding for Ukraine has been a contentious issue, with disagreements across party lines. Despite the US being a key military supporter of Ukraine against Russia, substantial funding has not been approved for over a year and a half.

President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers have been advocating for a significant weapons package for Ukraine, while Republicans, influenced by former President Trump, have been hesitant due to the prolonged conflict. The war’s financing has become a divisive topic, especially with a presidential election approaching in November, where Biden and Trump are expected to face off once more.

After much deliberation, Speaker Johnson has backed a $61 billion package for Ukraine, encompassing economic aid and weaponry. The bill also grants President Biden the authority to seize and sell Russian assets to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction, a move supported by other G7 nations. A substantial $13 billion in military assistance has been designated for Israel, a long-standing ally of the United States.

The outcome of these votes will not only impact the nations involved but also have broader implications on international relations and ongoing conflicts. The world will be closely watching the decisions made by the US House of Representatives on this critical aid package.

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