The US Senate

moved closer to passing a $95.34 billion aid bill to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on February 9. The Senate voted to advance the bill one step in a series of preliminary votes that could drag on into next week if party leaders fail to agree with legislators on speeding up the review.   

Radio Svoboda writes about it.

The initiative was supported by 64 legislators, 19 spoke against it. Another 17 senators did not participate in the vote. At least 60 votes of senators were required to pass the decision.

Lawmakers expect the next procedural step to be taken during the session on Sunday. Even if the bill passes the Senate on Sunday, the package still awaits a vote in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

According to Reuters, many Republicans want to strike a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, to allow amendments to the legislation in exchange for faster action. But other Republicans, who reject the bill's $61 billion aid to Ukraine, have promised to drag out the review as long as possible.

The US has been unable to agree on providing $61 billion to Ukraine for several months due to opposition from Republicans in Congress. On February 7, the US Senate failed to vote on a bill to strengthen migration policy, which also provided for additional funds for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

On February 8, the Senate voted to begin work on an aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other allies of the United States.

We will remind you

what is known about the vote in the Senate and what is being said about Ukraine.