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US House advances in approving foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel

The United States House moved forward this Friday (19) towards approving a foreign aid package for Ukraine and Israel. The final vote should take place on Saturday (20).

In an extraordinary move, more Democrats (165) than Republicans (151) approved the measure. The Democratic votes were needed to overcome opposition from House Speaker Mike Johnson's right flank, which is expected to increase pressure on him to leave office.

The GOP-led House Rules Committee also used Democratic support Thursday to advance the bills.

The move is likely to further inflame Conservatives, who oppose additional aid to Ukraine and have threatened Johnson's job over the issue.

The committee's activity sparked another contentious day on Capitol Hill, as the renewed push to send foreign aid to Ukraine divided House Republicans. The right wing of the Republican Party has spoken out against the plan and expressed anger over a separate effort to change House rules regarding the process for removing the president — a rule change that Johnson said Thursday he would not make.

Three Republicans – Representatives Thomas Massie of Kentucky; Ralph Norman of South Carolina; and Chip Roy of Texas–voted against the foreign aid legislation in committee Thursday night, but all Democrats on the panel voted for it.

Three bills in the foreign aid package would provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific region, with the latter intended to help deter Chinese aggression in the area. A fourth bill includes other GOP priorities, including sanctions on Iran, the seizure of frozen Russian sovereign assets and a measure that could lead to a nationwide ban on TikTok.

The three House aid bills total about $95 billion — the same amount the Senate bill included — with an adjustment that $10 billion in economic assistance to Ukraine is in the form of a loan. refundable, informed the CNN .

The relief bills are similar to foreign aid legislation that passed the Senate in February. The fourth House bill was not part of the Senate package.

In an interview with the “Newsmax” channel, he suggested that the vote would take place “early on Saturday”. He did not provide further details and his office told CNN The exact moment is still being defined.

According to the rule, if the projects are approved in the Chamber, they will be combined into a single amendment before being sent to the Senate.

Earlier Thursday, the House Freedom Caucus — a group within the Republican Party — took an official stance urging House Republicans to oppose the procedural vote, arguing that “to protect the border, we must end the rule.”

With Republicans controlling the House by the slimmest margin, Johnson will have to rely on a significant number of Democrats to get the bill past procedural hurdles, especially with a growing number of hardliners dissatisfied with border security provisions.

Source: CNN Brasil

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