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Senate Passes $95BN Ukraine-Israel Package But Johnson Signals Blockade In House

•, by Tyler Durden

"With this bill, the Senate declares that American leadership will not waiver, will not falter, will not fail," announced Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, after working closely with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on the legislation.

The Associated Press details that the "vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held the Senate floor through the night, using the final hours of debate to argue that the U.S. should focus on its own problems before sending more money overseas."

"But 22 Republicans voted with nearly all Democrats to pass the package 70-29, with supporters arguing that abandoning Ukraine could embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin and threaten national security across the globe," AP notes.

Among those leading the last stand was Sen. Rand Paul, who vowed to told out until "hell freezes over" and spoke out about the massive national debt on the Senate floor.

"I love to talk," Paul said going into last night. "That's one of my favorite things to do. Yes, and I slept all day yesterday waiting for this. I'm going to take Adderall — nah, I'm just kidding."

Speaker Mike Johnson has signaled blockade in the House, saying that the House is not going to take up the bill anytime soon as it doesn't include the vital border security provisions.

He had said Monday night, "House Republicans were crystal clear from the very beginning of discussions that any so-called national security supplemental legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border." He added: "In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters."