Senate passes defense supplemental in heavy bipartisan vote

By Tony Bertuca / April 24, 2024 at 8:38 AM

The Senate voted 79-18 last night in support of a $95 billion defense supplemental package that would aid Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, while also directing about $50 billion into the U.S. defense industrial base.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said $50 billion of the supplemental funds will flow through more than 30 states.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, is standing by to restart its transfers of U.S. weapons to Ukraine, where military officials say the battle against an ongoing Russian invasion has become dire.

President Biden has said he will sign the bill once it reaches his desk.