Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the U.S. Senate is set to vote next week on a bill combining aid for Ukraine with measures to tighten the southern border security. Schumer informed Senate members on Thursday, planning to move to the final stage of discussion by Monday, February 5th, with the initial vote on the bill, addressing additional funding for national security needs, expected by Wednesday, February 7th at the latest.
Schumer indicated that the full text of the bill would be released "no later than tomorrow or by Sunday at the latest," ensuring legislators have ample time to review the document and prepare for the vote.
The White House is pushing for Congress to pass legislation allocating $106 billion to support Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and others. However, Republican support for President Joe Biden's request to fund these and other government programs is contingent on the White House taking steps to enhance border security with Mexico and combat illegal immigration.
Without an agreement between Congress and the White House on funding, the Ukrainian military could face a challenging situation. Russia has previously sent a note to NATO countries regarding arms supplies to Ukraine, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stating that any shipments containing weapons to Ukraine would become legitimate targets for Russia.