“Help is on the way” U.S. Senate approved $40bn Ukraine package
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $40bn infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies on May 19, 2022, as both parties rallied behind America’s latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia’s invasion, the Guardian reported.
The 86-11 vote gave final congressional approval to the package, three weeks after Joe Biden requested a smaller $33bn version.
“I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden said in a written statement afterward.
“Help is on the way, really significant help. Help that could make sure that the Ukrainians are victorious,” said the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, underscoring a goal that seemed nearly unthinkable when Russia launched its assault in February 2022.