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House Passes Long-Awaited Aid for Ukraine, Israel, Indo-Pacific

April 22, 2024

Patrick Tucker

Defense One

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., walks toward the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on April 20, 2024. NATHAN HOWARD/GETTY IMAGES

By Patrick Tucker, Defense One / April 20, 2024

By large margins on Saturday, the House passed a package of three linked bills advancing $60 billion in military aid for Ukraine, $26 billion in military aid for Israel, and $8 billion for “countering China” in the Pacific. 

The measures come at “a moment of grave urgency, with Israel facing unprecedented attacks from Iran, and Ukraine under continued bombardment from Russia,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement. “I urge the Senate to quickly send this package to my desk so that I can sign it into law and we can quickly send weapons and equipment to Ukraine to meet their urgent battlefield needs.” 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted, “Democracy and freedom will always have global significance and will never fail as long as America helps to protect it. The vital U.S. aid bill passed today by the House will keep the war from expanding, save thousands and thousands of lives, and help both of our nations to become stronger.”

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