Defectors aligned with Democrats also increased overnight: senators. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) all voted against the bill. But the vast majority of the group stuck together on the bill after last week’s failed votes on border security.

Welch, the latest to turn against the package, spoke on the floor after the vote and attributed his opposition to concerns about aid to Israel.

“The inescapable conclusion is that the Netanyahu government is not listening,” Welch said. “It is difficult not to conclude that (Netanyahu’s) enemy is not only Hamas, but also the Palestinians.”

The vote came after a weekend of delays and an entire night of speeches between Monday and Tuesday. Sen. rand paul (R-Ky.) managed to delay final passage by opposing a timing agreement on the bill, which would have moved it forward much more quickly.

After voting and leaving town, senators will now return on February 26, just days before the government’s first funding deadline. Meanwhile, Johnson will have an important decision to make.

Although he first called for a bipartisan border security component to any foreign aid bill, he ended up working to kill the product negotiated by the Senate last week. On Monday, he said, “absent any changes to border policy from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own way through these important issues.”

Shortly after the package passed the Senate, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was “grateful” to Schumer and the minority leader. Mitch McConnellalong with the other senators who “supported continued assistance to Ukraine.”

“For us in Ukraine, continued US assistance helps save human lives from Russian terror,” Zelenskyy.
said in a post on X
. “It means that life will continue in our cities and triumph over war.”

By Sam