Headline RoundupFebruary 12th, 2024

Senate Advances Foreign Aid Bill Despite Trump Opposition

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Sunday, the U.S. Senate advanced the foreign aid bill despite the oppositon of former President Donald Trump.

Key Details: In a 67 to 27 vote, the Senate voted to remove the procedural hurdles and advance a $95 billion supplemental spending bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that does not include border provisions. However, the Senate leaders have not yet reached an agreement on border amendments, so passage is not guaranteed.

Key Quotes: “From this point forward, are you listening U.S. Senate (?),” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “No money in the form of foreign aid should be given to any country unless it is done as a loan, not just a giveaway.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “I know it’s become quite fashionable in some circles to disregard the global interests we have as a global power. To bemoan the responsibilities of global leadership This is idle work for idle minds. And it has no place in the United States Senate.”

For Context: Hosue Republicans blocked a bipartisan border-foreign aid bill last week, arguing it did not do enough to limit migration.

How the Media Covered it: Some sources on the right noted that if the measure passes with bipartisan support in the Senate, more House Republicans might be inclined to support it. Some sources on the left noted that passage could be held up if any one senator objects, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has indicated he will obejet to swift passage of the measure unless the southern border is addressed first.

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