Democrats stepped in to support bringing the aid package to the floor, in a remarkable breach of custom on a key vote that paved the way for its passage.

The House took a critical step on Friday toward approving a long-stalled package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and other American allies, as Democrats supplied the crucial votes to push the legislation past Republican opposition so that it could be considered on the floor.

The 316-94 vote cleared the way for the House to bring up the aid package, teeing up separate votes on Saturday on each of its parts. But passage of those measures, each of which enjoys bipartisan support from different coalitions, was not in doubt, making Friday’s action the key indicator that the legislation will prevail.

The rule for considering the bill — historically a straight party-line vote — passed with more Democratic than Republican support, but it also won a majority of G.O.P. votes, making it clear that despite a pocket of deep resistance from the far right, there is broad bipartisan backing for the $95.3 billion package.

The vote was an enormous victory in the long effort to fund to Ukraine as it battles against Russian aggression, a major priority of President Biden that has met with bitter resistance from the right. It was a triumph against the forces of isolationism within the G.O.P. and a major moment of bipartisan consensus in a Congress that for the past year has been mostly defined by its dysfunction.

    • @disguy_ovahea
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      It’s only happening because republicans wanted to pass an exclusive Israel support bill instead of this, and Biden said he’d veto it. Now they’ll pass Ukraine and Taiwan aid as a concession to funding Israel. Despicable.

  • Rentlar
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    Long overdue, but very good news! Ukraine needs more support now more than ever.

    I swear some Republicans Representatives would not consider feeding their kids if they couldn’t also table some anti-LGBT, anti-immigration or anti-abortion measure at the same time.

    • @eldavi
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      I swear some Republicans Representatives would not consider feeding their kids if they couldn’t also table some anti-LGBT, anti-immigration or anti-abortion measure at the same time.

      You need more LGBT friends; this is so common there are memes about it everywhere

  • @ceenote
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    The main republican objection seems to be that it needs to include “border security”, ignoring that they nuked a border bill with everything they wanted in it a few months ago because Trump asked them to. When it comes time to put up or shut up, they refuse to put up and don’t have the decency to shut up. They must think their voters are incredibly stupid.

    • NaibofTabr
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      171 month ago

      They must think their voters are incredibly stupid.

      A lot of their voters exclusively watch Fox “News”.

    • theprogressivist
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      71 month ago

      Not just their voters, they think everyone is stupid except for them. It’s like they forget the internet exists.

      • Null User Object
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        51 month ago

        “You mean that series of tubes Ted Stephens would rant about? Pssh. We don’t have time for that. 🙄”

      • Flying SquidM
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        Do they forget the internet exists or do they remember that they can change minds with the right meme trend?

  • @[email protected]
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    271 month ago

    Damn, only 3 months later than it should have fucking been.

    Fuck fascists sucking Putin’s dick

  • @[email protected]
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    I can’t begin to describe how relieving it is to hear this news. Ukraine has long needed more support from us and I’m glad it’s finally happening.

    Hopefully this is enough to make it to elections and hopefully we can sort out some of our problems with crazy.

  • Flying SquidM
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    I’m glad it happened, but I hate, hate, hate that we have to give a bunch of weapons to the genocidal country responsible for 10% of the world’s military equipment just to get Ukraine the weapons they also need, but at least Ukraine got them.

  • @[email protected]
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    Thank god that the democrats stepped in and voted. The republicans still can’t muzzle their crazies.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The House took a critical step on Friday toward approving a long-stalled package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and other American allies, as Democrats supplied the crucial votes to push the legislation past Republican opposition so that it could be considered on the floor.

    But it came only after Speaker Mike Johnson, who put his own job on the line to push through the plan over his party’s objections, was forced to turn to Democrats in a significant breach of custom in the House, further imperiling his position even as he paved the way for the legislation to be voted on and approved.

    Those include multiple spending measures to keep the government funded and the annual defense bill, after a revolt from the far right over the exclusion of restrictions they had sought to abortion access, transgender care, and racial diversity and inclusion policies at the Pentagon.

    Representative Michael Burgess, Republican of Texas and the chairman of the rules panel, said he wanted the Biden administration to provide more information about how previous foreign aid funding was used and what its long term goals were for ending the conflict in Ukraine.

    “I’m concerned that the speaker’s cut a deal with the Democrats to fund foreign wars rather than secure our border,” said Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, one of the most vocal opponents of the legislation who has threatened to vote to oust Mr. Johnson because of it.

    The far-right lawmakers who tried to block the rule in committee — Mr. Massie, Mr. Roy and Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina — opposed it because it would not allow a vote on severe border security provisions they have said should be prioritized over aiding Ukraine.


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  • @TropicalDingdong
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    it’s this the one where they ban social media that promotes an anti genocide, pro peace agenda or was that the other one?

    • @eldavi
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      Yin and yang; first they get the missiles and then they get to ban anyone saying no to the missiles