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US House of Representatives passes crucial aid bill for Ukraine and Israel | THE DAILY STAND

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AFP | New Delhi

The daily stand –

Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives quickly passed legislation yesterday to provide aid to Ukraine and Israel, strengthen Taiwan while threatening a ban on TikTok if the country fails to divest from Beijing.

The $61 billion package for Ukraine includes economic aid and weapons. A total of $13 billion in military aid has been allocated to America’s historic ally Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

The money will mainly be used to strengthen Israel’s Iron Dome air defenses.

The bills, passed in a rare Saturday session, were approved by an overwhelming majority, although they put the future of House Speaker Mike Johnson in doubt as he tries to fend off angry far-right opponents.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the long-delayed aid package, saying the military and economic aid would “save thousands and thousands of lives.” Not surprisingly, Russia took the opposite position.

The bills are the result of months of bitter negotiations, pressure from US allies and repeated requests for help from Zelensky.