Two-thirds of the Democrat-led Senate voted on Thursday to advance a foreign aid package without the border security and immigration reforms from a bipartisan deal spurned by many Republicans.
At least 60 votes were needed to invoke cloture and start debate on the $95 billion measure. That threshold was surpassed with 67 senators, including 17 Republicans, voting in favor of moving forward while 32 members voted against it.
“The Senate has just voted to proceed to the national security supplemental. This is a good first step,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a post to X. “Failure to pass this bill would only embolden autocrats like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [Chinese Leader] Xi [Jinping] who want nothing more than America’s decline.”
The bill retains sections