Democratic Senator Schumer issued a warning on Monday, stating that unless Republicans support his $100 billion global aid bill, US troops may be deployed to engage in conflict with Russia.
The bill is currently facing obstacles in Congress. Within the Senate’s national security supplemental package of $118.28 billion, $60 billion has been designated for military assistance to Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Schumer announced that the first vote on the bill is planned.
In the coming days, the Senate must act decisively on this emergency national security supplemental funding.
On Monday, I will take the first procedural step to getting this passed in the Senate with the first vote scheduled for Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/wUQuq7CnJU
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 4, 2024
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is fully supportive of the bill, which sets aside a mere $20.23 billion to enhance security measures along the US border in response to an influx of military-age males from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and China that has reached unprecedented levels.
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According to Democrat Senator Patty Murray, the $118.28 billion national security supplemental package includes:
- $60.06 billion to support Ukraine as it fights back against Putin’s bloody invasion and protects its people and sovereignty.
- $14.1 billion in security assistance for Israel.
- $2.44 billion to support operations in the U.S. Central Command and address combat expenditures related to conflict in the Red Sea.
- $10 billion in humanitarian assistance to provide food, water, shelter, medical care, and other essential services to civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, Ukraine, and other populations caught in conflict zones across the globe.
- $4.83 billion to support key regional partners in the Indo-Pacific and deter aggression by the Chinese government.
- $2.33 billion to continue support for Ukrainians displaced by Putin’s war of aggression and other refugees fleeing persecution.
- The bipartisan border policy changes negotiated by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and James Lankford (R-OK).
- $20.23 billion to address existing operational needs and expand capabilities at our nation’s borders, resource the new border policies included in the package, and help stop the flow of fentanyl and other narcotics.
- The Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act.
- $400 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to help nonprofits and places of worship make security enhancements.
During an interview with Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe,” Schumer warned that if Republicans fail to support his proposed $100 billion bill, American men will face the risk of losing their lives in war.
“We’re at a turning point in America. This bill is crucial and history will look back on it and say did America fail itself,” Schumer said.
“If we don’t aid Ukraine, Putin will be walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war and we could be fighting in eastern Europe and a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won’t like that,” Schumer said.
Ukraine is not affiliated with NATO and thus lacks the support of US military forces.