WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has whisked a $40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and U.S. allies to closing congressional approval, placing a bipartisan stamp on America’s largest dedication but to turning Russia’s invasion right into a painful quagmire for Moscow.

The laws, authorized 86-11 Thursday was backed by each voting Democrat and most Republicans. Whereas many points underneath President Joe Biden have collapsed underneath party-line gridlock, Thursday’s lopsided vote signaled that each events have been largely unified about sending Ukraine the materiel it must fend off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s more numerous forces.

“I applaud the Congress for sending a transparent bipartisan message to the world that the folks of the US stand along with the courageous folks of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden mentioned in a written assertion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the US. “It is a demonstration of sturdy management and a needed contribution to our widespread protection of freedom,” he mentioned in his nightly video tackle to the nation.

With management of Congress at stake in elections lower than six months off, all “no” votes got here from Republicans. The identical factor occurred in final week’s 368-57 Home vote, fueling campaign-season Democratic warnings {that a} nationalist wing of the GOP was within the thrall of former President Donald Trump and his isolationist, America First preferences.

Trump, who nonetheless wields clout within the occasion, has accused Biden of throwing cash at Ukraine whereas moms lack child method, a disaster sparked by a provide chain downside over which the federal government has scant impression.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., known as it “past troubling” that Republicans have been opposing the Ukraine help. “It seems an increasing number of that MAGA Republicans are on the identical soft-on-Putin playbook that we noticed utilized by former President Trump,” mentioned Schumer, utilizing the Make America Nice Once more acronym Democrats are utilizing to solid Republicans as extremists.

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a robust backer of the measure, warned his GOP colleagues {that a} Russian victory would transfer hostile forces ever nearer to the borders of essential European buying and selling companions. That might immediate greater American protection spending and tempt China and different nations with territorial ambitions to check U.S. resolve, he mentioned.

“The most costly and painful factor America might presumably do in the long term could be to cease investing in sovereignty, stability and deterrence earlier than it’s too late,” McConnell mentioned.

On this handout photograph offered by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photograph in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Could 14, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

Passage got here as Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the U.S. had drawn down one other $100 million value of Pentagon weapons and tools to ship to Kyiv, bringing complete U.S. materiel despatched there because the invasion started to $3.9 billion. He and different administration officers had warned that authority could be depleted by Thursday, however the brand new laws will replenish the quantity obtainable by greater than $8 billion.

General, round $24 billion within the measure is for arming and equipping Ukrainian forces, serving to them finance weapons purchases, changing U.S. tools dispatched to the theater and paying for American troops deployed in close by nations.

There’s additionally $9 billion to maintain Ukraine’s authorities afloat and $5 billion to feed countries around the globe reliant on Ukraine’s now diminished crop yields. And there’s cash to assist Ukrainian refugees within the U.S., seize Russian oligarchs’ belongings, reopen the U.S. embassy in Kyiv and prosecute Russian war crimes.

The measure, which officers have mentioned is designed to final by means of September, tripled the scale of the initial $13.6 billion in Ukraine aid that lawmakers authorized shortly after the February invasion.

The mixed $54 billion price ticket exceeds what the U.S. has spent yearly on all its army and financial international help lately, and approaches Russia’s yearly army price range.

“Assistance is on the way in which, actually vital assist. Assist that would ensure that the Ukrainians are victorious,” mentioned Schumer, voicing a purpose that appeared almost unthinkable when Russia first launched its brutal assault.

If the conflict drags on, as appears believable, the U.S. might must finally resolve whether or not to spend extra at the same time as inflation, enormous federal deficits and a possible recession loom. Beneath these circumstances, profitable bipartisan approval of any future assist invoice might grow to be harder, particularly as November attracts close to and cooperation between the events frays.

A number of potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders voted for the measure, together with Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marco Rubio of Florida. One other — Josh Hawley of Missouri — voted no. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who maybe face this fall’s hardest reelection races amongst GOP senators, backed the measure.

Three Democratic senators missed the vote. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is recovering from what he’s known as a minor stroke. Sherrod Brown of Ohio’s workplace mentioned he awoke “not feeling properly,” took precautionary assessments at George Washington College Hospital, was resting at residence and plans to return to the Capitol subsequent week. Jacky Rosen of Nevada’s workplace mentioned she was attending her daughter’s regulation college commencement.

Biden had proposed a $33 billion plan that lawmakers bolstered with added protection and humanitarian spending. He needed to drop his request to incorporate $22.5 billion extra to gas the federal government’s continued battle towards the pandemic, spending that was opposed by many Republicans and bought entwined in a politically complicating battle over immigration.

No Republican against the laws spoke throughout Thursday’s debate. After passage, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., among the many 11 conservatives who voted “no,” questioned whether or not voters would help the invoice if Congress requested them to pay for it.

“I ponder if People throughout our nation would agree if they’d been proven the prices, if they’d been requested to pay for it,” mentioned Paul. “We merely borrow it. ‘Put it on my tab’ is what Congress says.”

Paul, who typically opposes U.S. intervention and makes a behavior of derailing payments getting ready to approval, had used Senate procedures to upend Schumer’s and McConnell’s plans to approve the Ukraine help final week.