The US Senate votes on aid to Ukraine

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The US Senate is set to vote today on a major aid package for Ukraine, which is expected to be almost certain to be approved as the House of Representatives gave the green light to the aid with broad bipartisan support after months of debate.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, whose party narrowly controls that chamber of Congress, said on Saturday that "the end of the debate" on the aid package was now in sight and that the deal was "certain" for a vote on Tuesday.

"The task before us is urgent. It's up to the Senate again to make history," said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The final package, which calls for $95 billion in total military aid to U.S. allies, including money for Israel and Taiwan along with $61 billion for Ukraine, is expected to go to President Joe Biden for his approval by the end of the week.

The Senate vote should go smoothly, without having to deal with the complicated negotiations and disagreements that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has dealt with.

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