Schumer talks about the $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine and Israel: It’s time to get the job done


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed his Senate colleagues on Monday to finally “finish the job” and get the $95 billion foreign aid bill to the finish line — yet Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a staunch opponent of the bill, stalled on the floor. He urged senators to consider the impact it could have on the national debt.

Schumer spoke Monday morning encouraging his colleagues to push the bill, which includes funding for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian aid for Gaza. It does not include any additional funds for the southern border after the collapse of the attempt to pair them last week.

“So far we have taken numerous procedural votes that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is strong support behind this bill. It is time to finish the job and pass this important bill. If we want the world to remain a safe place for freedom and democracy,” Schumer said, “For American prosperity, elected leaders must do everything they can to make it happen.”

Schumer described the bill as “a down payment for the survival of Western democracy and the survival of American values.” He said that failure to act in Congress would only serve the interest of Russia, which is at war with Ukraine.

“The whole world will remember what the Senate does in the next few days. Nothing, nothing, could make Putin happier now than to see Congress wavering in its support for Ukraine. Nothing will help him more on the battlefield.” Schumer said.

Photo: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during the Democratic Caucus' weekly news conference at the Capitol, February 6, 2024.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during the Democratic Caucus’ weekly news conference at the Capitol, February 6, 2024.

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He added: “The message if we fail will be that America cannot be trusted.”

Because of Paul’s objections, the Senate had to work over the weekend to advance the bill and are now jumping through multiple procedural hoops to get the bill done. The Kentucky Republican vowed to withhold his approval and not allow leadership to speed up the process.

He took the filibuster on Monday afternoon to express his opposition to the Ukrainian-Israeli aid bill and the impact of that bill on the national debt. Paul said other countries are being given priority over the United States in this bill.

“Shouldn’t we try to fix our country first?” Paul asked.

Photo: Senator Rand Paul on the Senate floor, February 12, 2024.

Senator Rand Paul on the Senate floor, February 12, 2024.

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Former President Donald Trump, whose opposition to the initial national security annex led to its demise, spoke out against its latest iteration over the weekend.

Trump posted on this social media platform that the United States should only lend money to foreign allies.

“We should never give money away anymore with no hope of getting it back, or without ‘conditions’ attached. The United States of America should no longer be ‘stupid’!” Trump wrote.

On Monday afternoon, the Senate adopted a quorum, which required all senators to be present to allow leadership to attend to all members present in the city.

At this point, the Senate will continue to exhaust the procedural clock until they can take a final vote on the bill in the coming days. While it appears that the bill may pass the Senate, its fate remains unclear in the House of Representatives.

“I’m asking senators to stay close to the floor until we finish this bill,” Schumer said.

ABC News’ Lale Ebsa and Soren Kim contributed to this report.

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