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Schumer identifies aid for Ukraine, Israel as year-end priorities

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has outlined key priorities for the Senate to address before lawmakers adjourn for the holiday break.

In a letter sent to his colleagues on Sunday, Schumer emphasized the urgency of providing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific region. This agenda sets a packed schedule for the Senate in the upcoming weeks, with Schumer aiming to bring substantial national security supplemental funding to the Senate floor.

Among the top priorities Schumer listed are national security supplemental funding, military promotions, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets funding levels for the U.S. military. The proposed supplemental funding includes aid for Israel, Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific, and humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians. However, Schumer’s plans face challenges, with some Republican senators opposing the combination of aid for Israel with Ukraine, and others demanding significant border enhancements in exchange for further aid to Ukraine. Schumer has criticized these demands as “purely partisan hard-right demands” that could jeopardize the national security package.

As the Senate prepares to tackle these critical issues, senators are expected to receive a classified briefing on the latest developments in Ukraine. Schumer has warned his fellow senators to be ready for extended sessions, including long nights and potential weekend work in Washington, to ensure the completion of these tasks. Highlighting the gravity of these decisions, Schumer stated in his letter, shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), that the upcoming aid package decisions could significantly influence the future of democracy and the resilience of the transatlantic alliance for generations to come.

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