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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives as the Senate prepares to take a procedural vote on an emergency spending package that would provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel, replenish U.S. weapons systems and provide food, water and other humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senators push forward with Ukraine aid package as their leaders say the world is watching

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK and STEPHEN GROVES

As a growing number of Republicans oppose U.S. aid to Ukraine, the Senate's leaders are arguing in strong terms that the money is crucial to pushing back against Russian President Vladimir Putin and maintaining America's global standing.

In the Capitol for a rare weekend session, the Senate voted again to move forward with the assistance as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky issued stark warnings about the consequences of abandoning longtime U.S. allies in Europe.

“Today it’s no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on the United States Senate,” McConnell said. “Our allies and partners are hoping that the indispensable nation, the leader of the free world, has the resolve to continue.”

The 67-27 test vote Sunday on the $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other countries comes as former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is trying to kill the assistance and has escalated his attacks on the NATO military alliance.

Trump said Saturday at a campaign rally in South Carolina that Russia should be able to do “whatever the hell they want” to NATO members who do not meet their defense spending targets. He recounted a story he has told before about an unidentified NATO member who confronted him over his threat not to help them.

While McConnell has made Ukraine a top issue, an increasing number of members in his GOP conference have followed Trump’s lead and are opposing the aid, which Senate leaders have been trying to pass for months.

Without mentioning Trump by name, McConnell said in his opening remarks Sunday that “American leadership matters, and it is in question.”

Schumer said that if America doesn’t assist Ukraine, “Putin is all too likely to succeed.”

“The only right answer to this threat is for the Senate to face it down unflinchingly by passing this bill as soon as we can," Schumer said before the vote.

The Senate is pushing through several procedural votes on the slimmed-down package after an attempt to pair it with legislation to stem migration at the U.S. border collapsed. Objections from Republicans adamantly opposed to the aid have delayed quick action, forcing the weekend votes as negotiations continue over potential amendments to the legislation.

Schumer has said he is open to amendments -– most of which would be likely to fail -– but he forced senators to stay in session through the weekend to try and speed up the process.

“I can't remember the last time the Senate was in session on Super Bowl Sunday,” Schumer said as he opened the session. “But as I've said all week long, we're going to keep working on this bill until the job is done.”

In a key vote last week, 17 Republican senators agreed to start debate on the bill and 31 voted against it, giving McConnell and other Republican supporters of the aid new hope that it could pass.

But even if the Senate does pass the package, its future is deeply uncertain in the House, where a large majority of GOP lawmakers are firmly allied with Trump.

Amid shortages on the battlefield, the package would provide $60 billion for Ukraine, mostly to purchase U.S.-made defense equipment, including munitions and air defense systems that authorities say it desperately needs as Russia batters the country. It includes $8 billion for the government in Kyiv and other assistance.

It would also provide $14 billion for Israel’s war with Hamas, $8 billion for Taiwan and partners in the Indo-Pacific to counter China, and $9.2 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza.

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The MAGA GOP is so far out in crazy land they will destroy the US just to feel like they are "right" about everything and "own the libs". They don't like the US constitution keeping them in line. They think they can act like power mongers, by creating and exacerbating problems when they are not the majority political party in charge, just so they can claim credit and say, "Dems bad, they ruin gub'mint and we are the only ones who can fix it!"

Remember folks, these are the same "Americans" that hold Trump up as their ideal leader. A man who has never done a true hard days work in his life, nor ever did a working class job. Is as corrupt as anyone can be, and blatantly behaves like he wants to be able to RULE America, not LEAD it. I can't say enough how DONE I am with the GOP. The party of obstructionist, insurrectionist, fascist, autocratic, corrupt, greedy, power and money hungry (enter expletives here).

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The world is watching: this is the last chance to avoid total MAGA surrender. If they fail, it will haunt the MAGA for generations.

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T-90 going through some things. I'm sure it's all good. Russia must have plenty of T-90s, right guys?

https://twitter.com/i/status/1756549988211966398

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MAGA this MAGA that !

Give it a rest

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Give it a rest

Ah yes, let's minimize the danger. No more failures of imagination.

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It time for American to cut it own losses in Ukraine,we pay taxes to see that Russia,is liquidated,if they attack America,some of the same senators,do not care about equality in America,how can they promote something abroad,when they are not dealing with America internal problems

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And watch it hit DOA when it hits Johnson’s desk.

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The defense industry will get the money.

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The defense industry will get the money.

Not while Johnson is House speaker.

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Not while Johnson is House speaker.

He isn't going to be Speaker forever you know...

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Tick tock, Russian assets.

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Tick tock, Russian assets.

The Russian assets are actually US Treasuries. The Russian Central Bank lent the US Treasury $300 billion by buying these bonds.

If the US refuses to repay the bond holder it's a technical default, the first ever in US history.

The Kremlin has already written these off, the Russian economy is doing fine without them.

Take them and show the world that you are thieves so Russia and China use your theft to convince the rest of the world to pull their money out of USD and US treasuries.

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He isn't going to be Speaker forever you know...

I thought the same about Pelosi as well for years.

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Tick tock, Russian assets.

Not according to all the polls.

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He isn't going to be Speaker forever you know...

I thought the same about Pelosi as well for years.

Nikki or Nancy? Or maybe Marla?

Tick tock, Russian assets.

Not according to all the polls.

So Trump is going to save Putin's assets? Guess Putin will lend him some to pay off his multi-million dollar sexual abuse judgments...the ones he keeps losing, then slandering again, then losing again...

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Republicans with common sense will block that stupidity..

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Afraid those running US House need a border security plan, given hundreds of terrorists on the FBI watchlist known to have recently entered and are still pouring in.

Seems Senate not taking above seriously, nothing's changed, only time has passed and risks to all have increased.

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Republicans with common sense will block that stupidity..

I hope so.

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Bass4funk

The defense industry will get the money.

Not while Johnson is House speaker

Well he really wants to give aid to Israel, so…

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Well he really wants to give aid to Israel, so…

But he wants to secure the border more, so DOA

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Our friends in MAGA-world just ought to drop the pretense - they aren't fooling anyone, except maybe themselves...

Like their Great Orange Apostle, they do not believe in democracy or the Constitution - they want a criminal autocracy where the minority rule in perpetuity - and basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights are suspended...as we see in Russia today...

It's not surprising you see a mind-meld between the paid Russian posters here and our MAGA-friends...

The "maskirovka" ain't fooling anyone...

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Our friends in MAGA-world just ought to drop the pretense - they aren't fooling anyone,

Not trying to fool anyone.

Like their Great Orange Apostle, they do not believe in democracy or the Constitution -

We do, that’s why we don’t care what the man says, his right, he can criticize anyone he wants and vice versa.

they want a criminal autocracy where the minority rule in perpetuity - and basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights are suspended...as we see in Russia today...

Well, that’s what the left is doing.

It's not surprising you see a mind-meld between the paid Russian posters here and our MAGA-friends...

We aren’t the ones involved in war so….

The "maskirovka" ain't fooling anyone...

Biden sure isn’t.

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Our friends in MAGA-world just ought to drop the pretense - they aren't fooling anyone,

Not trying to fool anyone.

That because you're being played for a fool...and don't even realize it...

Like their Great Orange Apostle, they do not believe in democracy or the Constitution -

We do

Hmmm....

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” Trump wrote."

they want a criminal autocracy where the minority rule in perpetuity - and basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights are suspended...as we see in Russia today...

Well, that’s what the left is doing.

Projection...

It's not surprising you see a mind-meld between the paid Russian posters here and our MAGA-friends...

We aren’t the ones involved in war so….

What?

The "maskirovka" ain't fooling anyone...

Biden sure isn’t.

You and your Russian comrades sure aren't...

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bass4funk

Well he really wants to give aid to Israel, so…

But he wants to secure the border more, so DOA

No he doesn’t. None of the MAGAs want to secure the border.

But if he wants Israel aid, time to write a big fat cheque to Ukraine.

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That because you're being played for a fool...and don't even realize it...

Hardly.

Hmmm....

Say the people that support going behind Congress to make a faulty deal with Iran.

You and your Russian comrades sure aren't.

No Russian comrades, that’s Biden’s department of appeasement.

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No he doesn’t. None of the MAGAs want to secure the border.

Of course we do and I will say it again, you’re not American, I’m from a border state, you have a son idea what you are talking about.

But if he wants Israel aid, time to write a big fat cheque to Ukraine.

As our biggest ally in the ME, absolutely.

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bass4funkToday 09:35 am JST

Well he really wants to give aid to Israel, so…

But he wants to secure the border more, so DOA

Not according to the bill he tanked before reading. And I am American.

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konjo4uToday 08:02 am JST

The defense industry will get the money.

And we're supposed to be ashamed of this or something? No better way to check that the funds are used appropriately than if they are spent in the US...

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konjo4uToday 08:02 am JST

The defense industry will get the money.

We (those of us on this board who are US citizens) ARE the US defense industry and they are us. We do a pretty good job of keeping ourselves safe from foreign attack, just need to get savvier about the less-direct asymmetrical methods employed by our weaker enemies.

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Ukraine aid package as their leaders say the world is watching

Instead of watching why doesn't Europe do something?

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Instead of watching why doesn't Europe do something?

They are.

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zibalaToday 10:59 am JST

Ukraine aid package as their leaders say the world is watching

Instead of watching why doesn't Europe do something?

It's 30 countries and time is critical. Why not the US not abdicate its responsibility in the time being?

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Instead of watching why doesn't Europe do something?

They are doing plenty, as are we. It takes a village, as we would say in my day, or 'teamwork makes the dream work' as these Zillennials would say, probably.

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Not according to the bill he tanked before reading. And I am American.

As an American, how will they make Johnson and the House say, yes? Waiting for a funny rebuttal.

It must be hard, humiliating too...

How so?

Which has nothing to do with Trump saying he'd suspend the Constitution...trapped again...

The Dems did so with Trump, so were Trump to do the same thing, what's the panic?

Says the guy that loves Comrade Carlson....ROFL...

Yup, proud of it.

>

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Yes, the world is watching. Give that money to fine people in Africa or elsewhere as opposed to a proxy war. Try to do something decent for a change.

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Instead of watching why doesn't Europe do something?

Europe agreed to $50bn aid just last week in case you missed it.

Good news right?

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