The Senate is yet to approve the aid package, but Mr. Paul’s objection will delay a vote until at least next week.
Any changes to the legislation would require a second vote in the House and potentially invite other lawmakers to impose their own changes, delaying agreement on the legislation. Speaking in the Senate chamber, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the leader of the majority, said lawmakers from both parties were concerned about the proposal.
“If every member held every account in exchange for every small request, it would mean total and permanent paralysis for this chamber,” he warned. Schumer added in a targeted way: “When you have a proposal to change a bill, you have to get the members to support it. The junior senator from Kentucky didn’t do it. “
With the Russian campaign becoming increasingly violent as the war drags on into week 11, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers have cast aside their skepticism about US involvement – at least financially – in a foreign war. The $ 40 billion package would allow President Biden to authorize the transfer of up to $ 11 billion of US military weapons, equipment and supplies, as well as send billions of dollars to support the Ukrainian government and refugees from the country.
Antony J. Blinken, the Secretary of State, and Lloyd J. Austin III, the Secretary of Defense, this week warned Congress in a letter that the package was to become law before May 19 “to provide uninterrupted military support to our partners. Ukrainians. “