The Senate is expected to approve the $95 billion supplemental national security package to help Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific after a tedious procedural process that came to an end early Tuesday morning.

The supplemental package does not include any border security provisions, and several Republicans spent hours since the beginning of the weekend collectively filibustering the package in the Senate. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, pledged to filibuster the bill for four hours Saturday and continued early Tuesday.

The package includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza and nearly $5 billion for the Indo-Pacific. Democrats put the package to a vote after Republicans blocked the $118 billion package that also included numerous border and immigration provisions, negotiated by a group of bipartisan senators and Biden officials, last Wednesday.

The United States has already spent more than $100 billion on aid to Ukraine since it began its war against Russia in February 2022.

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Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left), Democrat of New York; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photo before a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., ahead of a meeting on the 27th July 2023. (Saul Loeb)

Several Republicans voted against the package and spent the last few days hindering the bill’s progress.

“This bill points the finger at American taxpayers,” Paul said on the floor before the final vote. “This bill signals all of America: This bill is Ukraine first, America last.”

On Monday, several Republican senators were hoping for a breakthrough in getting their amendments heard, which mainly included hardline provisions related to border security.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced an identical amendment to the House immigration bill, H.R. 2, that would restore most Trump-era restrictions, hire additional border patrol agents and strengthen asylum checks. .

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Rand Paul during Senate RELIEF Committee hearing

Senator Rand Paul speaks during the federal COVID response hearing on Capitol Hill on June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Joe Raedle)

Republican Senators Roger Marshall, JD Vance and Josh Hawley were just a few other senators who spoke against the bill on Monday, continuing the filibuster. Meanwhile, Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Thom Tillis were just some of those who urged their colleagues not to “delay” any longer and pass the package.

Democrats put the package to a vote after Republicans on Wednesday blocked the $118 billion package that also included a host of border and immigration provisions. Republicans had previously said they would not approve funding for Ukraine unless the overwhelmed southern border was first secured.

The foreign border aid package was unveiled last weekend and ran into conservative opposition from Republicans, who said the package would normalize historic levels of illegal immigration and continue catch-and-release. Conservatives joined some liberal Democrats in rejecting the bill, so Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer prepared a vote without the border package as a backup plan.

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Joe Biden hugs Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy

U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

republican minority leader Mitch McConnell had supported funding for Ukraine, but faced criticism from party members who urged lawmakers not to approve foreign aid without first securing the border.

“I know it’s become quite fashionable in some circles to ignore the global interests that we have as a global power, to bemoan the responsibilities of global leadership,” McConnell said in the Super Bowl room on Sunday. “Lamenting the compromise that has underpinned the longest drought of great power conflict in human history is useless work for idle minds and has no place in the United States Senate.”

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Schumer said Monday that the package is “a down payment on the survival of Western democracy and the survival of American values.”

The White House He requested the supplemental funding package in October but was delayed by Republicans who wanted more measures to address the unprecedented border crisis, including greater limits on asylum and interior releases. Negotiators worked for months and on Sunday finally published their text.

In addition to the foreign aid package, the failed border package included an “emergency border authority” to order Title 42-style expulsions of migrants when migration levels exceed 5,000 per day over a seven-day rolling average.

By Sam