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Ukraine aid bill clears procedural hurdle in US Senate

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U.S. senators have managed to break the 60-vote filibuster barrier and open debate on the $95.3 billion Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan aid bill, CNN reported on Feb. 8.

This version does not include any previously negotiated measures on immigration reform and border security.

After the 67-32 vote, the foreign aid package will now be debated on the Senate floor.

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This was not a final decision but a procedural vote. The bill is now one step closer to a final vote to approve it. The final approval could take several more days, according to the report.

Should the Senate ultimately pass the bill, it will then move to the House of Representatives. It is currently unclear when Speaker Mike Johnson will schedule a vote on the measure—or if it will happen at all.

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Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, has already commented on the successful vote.

“Deeply grateful to the Senate for their resolve in defending our [common] values and independence,” Yermak said in a Telegram post.

“This is an important step in strengthening our collective fight for peace and freedom.”

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