Russia Ukraine War Congress

This image from Senate Television video shows the final vote of 86-11 as the Senate overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Washington, as both parties rallied behind America’s latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia’s invasion. (Senate Television via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in a bipartisan measure backed by Democrats and most Republicans, while Northwest lawmakers reflected a national split among GOP lawmakers over the cost of the assistance.

The 87-11 vote sends the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law after the House passed it in a similarly bipartisan vote May 10. It brings the total U.S. assistance for Ukraine to nearly $54 billion since Russia launched its invasion in late February, an amount Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said he couldn’t support without offsetting the spending to avoid expanding the federal deficit.

This article first published in The Spokesman-Review.

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