After delay, U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid - Reuters

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved astir $40 cardinal successful caller assistance for Ukraine connected Thursday sending the measure to the White House for President Joe Biden to motion into instrumentality arsenic Washington races to support subject assistance flowing astir 3 months aft Russia's invasion.

The Senate voted 86-11 successful favour of the exigency bundle of military, economical and humanitarian assistance, by acold the largest U.S. assistance bundle for Ukraine to date. All 11 nary votes were from Republicans.

The beardown bipartisan enactment underscored the tendency from lawmakers - astir Republicans arsenic good arsenic Biden's chap Democrats - to enactment Ukraine's warfare effort, without sending U.S. troops. It came hours aft the Senate confirmed Biden's nominee to beryllium U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, vocation diplomat Bridget Brink, filling a station that had been vacant for 3 years. work much

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"This is simply a ample package, and it volition conscionable the ample needs of the Ukrainian radical arsenic they combat for their survival," Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, urging enactment for the exigency supplemental spending measure earlier the vote.

Biden said the spending bill's transition ensured determination volition beryllium nary lapse successful U.S. backing for Ukraine.

"I applaud the Congress for sending a wide bipartisan connection to the satellite that the radical of the United States basal unneurotic with the brave radical of Ukraine arsenic they support their ideology and freedom," Biden said successful a statement, noting that helium would denote different bundle of information assistance connected Thursday. work much

A apical adjutant to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked the Senate and said the wealth would assistance guarantee the decision of Russia. "We are moving towards triumph confidently and strategically," Zelenskiy's main of unit Andriy Yermak said successful an online station minutes aft the vote.


The U.S. Capitol is pictured pursuing a Senate vote, connected Capitol Hill successful Washington, U.S., May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The House of Representatives passed the spending measure connected May 10, besides with each "no" ballot from Republicans. It stalled successful the Senate aft Republican Senator Rand Paul refused to let a speedy vote. Biden's chap Democrats narrowly power some the House and Senate, but Senate rules necessitate unanimous consent to determination rapidly to a last ballot connected astir legislation. work much

Some of those who voted "no" said they opposed spending truthful overmuch erstwhile the United States has a immense nationalist debt. "I'm ever going to inquire the question, however are we paying for it?" Senator Mike Braun told reporters astatine the Capitol.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had urged lawmakers to enactment quickly, telling legislature leaders successful a missive that the subject had capable funds to nonstop weapons to Kyiv lone until Thursday, May 19, truthful the measure passed conscionable earlier that deadline.

When Biden signs the supplemental spending measure into law, it volition bring the full magnitude of U.S. assistance approved for Ukraine to good implicit $50 cardinal since the Russian penetration began connected Feb. 24.

Biden had primitively asked Congress for $33 cardinal for Ukraine, but lawmakers accrued it to astir $40 billion, with an oculus toward backing Ukraine for the coming months.

The bundle includes $6 cardinal for information assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support; $8.7 cardinal to replenish stocks of U.S. instrumentality sent to Ukraine, and $3.9 cardinal for European Command operations.

In addition, it authorizes a further $11 cardinal successful Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows Biden to authorize the transportation of articles and services from U.S. stocks without legislature support successful effect to an emergency.

And it includes $5 cardinal to code nutrient insecurity globally owed to the conflict, astir $9 cardinal for an economical enactment money for Ukraine and immoderate $900 cardinal to assistance Ukrainian refugees.

The warfare has killed thousands of civilians, forced millions of Ukrainians from their homes and reduced cities to rubble. Moscow has small to amusement for it beyond a portion of territory successful the southbound and marginal gains successful the east.

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Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; further reporting by David Ljunggren and Steve Holland; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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