The Senate on Wednesday, May 18, is expected to vote on approving the proposed assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about $40 billion.
This statement was made by the U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, according to Reuters.
This voting is needed to help Ukraine resist the Russian invasion. It will be held on Monday, May 16.
"We expect to invoke cloture on Monday, which would set us up to approve the supplemental on Wednesday," McConnell noted.
The politician explained the nuances with the American procedures for passing the aid package after visiting Kyiv on Saturday.
The cloture of debate means their procedural limitation to 30 hours, for which American legislators still have to vote.
In addition, in Stockholm, McConnell strongly supported the plans of Sweden and Finland to join NATO.
"They have very capable militaries, both of them," the American stressed. "They will be important additions to NATO if they choose to join."
In his opinion, the United States ought to be first in line to ratify the treaty for both these countries to join.
- As has already reported, on April 28, U.S. President Joe Biden requested $33 billion in aid for Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in military aid.
- On the same day, the U.S. Congress almost unanimously approved Lend-Lease, and later the amount of the aid package was increased to about $40 billion.
- It was supposed to be voted for by a simplified procedure last week, but one of the Republican senators, who is called pro-Russian, did not support the law, actually blocking the prompt process of its adoption and forcing the U.S. Parliament to go through the usual lengthy procedure.