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U.S. Senate decided to review bill on aid to Ukraine

U.S. Senate decided to review bill on aid to Ukraine Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova (photo: Getty Images)

In the U.S. Senate, it has been decided to reconsider the bill regarding funding for aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, this time without immigration reform and border security. The vote is scheduled for Thursday, February 8, according to Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova.

The diplomat explained that American lawmakers, with 58 votes in favor and 41 against, supported a procedural decision necessary to bring to a vote the issue of ending debates and consideration on the merits of a clean U.S. international aid bill without immigration reform, introduced earlier today by Senator P. Murray.

She added that this would require 60 votes.

According to the ambassador, the previous bill with the big package, which includes aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and border security, was expectedly not supported due to a lack of votes for the agreement on immigration reform, which negotiators have been working on for the past few months.

"That's why even before the vote on the Big Package, the appropriations committee published a replacement document that exclusively provides international aid to Ukraine ($60.06 billion), Israel, and Taiwan," Markarova explained.

The reevaluation of the document, but this time without immigration reform, will take place in the Senate on Thursday at 19:00 (Kyiv time).

Questions regarding the bill on aid to Ukraine from the U.S.

On February 7, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to support Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as new funding for border security. Later that night, lawmakers in the Senate blocked a bill on packages to support Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as security for the American border.

Prior to this, on February 6, U.S. President Biden urged Congress to immediately approve new funding for assistance to Ukraine.

Earlier, the U.S. Senate introduced a new bill regarding aid to Ukraine, which combines funding for Ukraine, Israel, and strengthening the southern border of the United States. Meanwhile, the White House strongly criticized the bill for aid to Israel without Ukraine.