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Reuters: US Senate Republican Block Ukraine, Israel Aid Bill Over Border Dispute 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -An emergency spending bill to provide billions of dollars in new security assistance for Ukraine and Israel was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as Republicans pressed their demands for tougher measures to control immigration at the U.S. border with Mexico. 

The vote was 49 in favor to 51 against, leaving the $110.5 billion measure short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member Senate to pave the way to start debate, threatening President Joe Biden’s push to provide new aid before the end of 2023. 

The vote was along party lines, with every Senate Republican voting no along with Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who generally votes with Democrats but had expressed concerns about funding Israel’s “current inhumane military strategy” against Palestinians.  

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WNU Editor: It looks like this aid bill will only be addressed again after the holidays …. Senators anxiously eye calendar as national security bill languishes (Axios).  

Update: Ukraine is still hopeful …. Ukraine still hopeful for US aid package after Senate setback (BBC). 

Update #2: The Kremlin has responded …. Kremlin Says Hopes U.S. Congress Will Block Future Ukraine Aid (Moscow Times/AFP). More here …. Kremlin Says It Hopes US Congress Will Block Future Ukraine Aid (Kyiv Post). 

US Senate Republicans Block $105 Billion Ukraine, Israel, And Taiwan Military Aid Bill Over Border Dispute  

Senate Republicans block Ukraine, Israel funding bill — The Hill

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U.S. Senate Blocks Ukrainian Aid Package Despite Pleas From White House — RFE

Senate Republicans block funding bill that included aid for Ukraine and Israel — The Guardian

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