Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has scheduled a vote for Wednesday to advance President Biden’s massive $106 billion emergency spending request that includes military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as additional funding for the border, POLITICO reported.
The vote is not expected to pass as Republicans have said they would block Biden’s request if Democrats don’t make certain concessions on border policies. While the bill includes $13.6 billion for border security, the GOP is looking for asylum law changes that would make it more difficult for migrants to enter the country, but a deal hasn’t been reached.
Schumer’s reasoning for scheduling a vote that will likely fail is to instill a sense of urgency for the Senate to advance funding for the proxy war in Ukraine, Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza, and the US military buildup in the Indo-Pacific aimed at China.
“I urge every single senator to think where we are at this moment in history. America’s national security is on the line around the world — in Europe, in the Middle East, and the Indo-Pacific,” Schumer said.
Schumer also announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will brief senators in a video conference on Tuesday to make a fresh pitch for the US to continue funding his war with Russia.
The $106 billion includes about $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and $7 billion for the Indo-Pacific, including $2 billion in military aid expected to mainly go to Taiwan. News of Schumer setting up the vote came after the White House sent a letter to congressional leaders pleading to authorize funding for Ukraine because funds for the proxy war are running out.