US Senate approves $40 billion aid package for Ukraine

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The US Senate has approved a $40 billion military aid package to support Ukraine in its war against Russia. The US House of Representatives previously approved the proposal.

The proposal received strong support in the Senate. It passed with 86 votes for and 11 against. The votes against were all Republican. President Joe Biden just has to sign the law.

The $40 billion represents more than 5% of the total US defense budget of $782 billion.

The new package does not include the $4.5 billion in aid the United States has provided to Ukraine since the Biden administration took office. About $3.8 billion has been disbursed since the February 24 Russian invasion.

Today, arms and equipment worth $11 billion are transferred to Ukraine directly from US military stockpiles. The package also includes nearly $20 billion for the Department of Defense. The Pentagon will use most of this money to arm the Ukrainian military. An additional $3.9 billion will be made available for increased troop deployment and other military operations in Europe to strengthen NATO.

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