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Rand Paul is slowing down the Senate’s attempt to approve a $95 billion foreign aid package

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The Senate is trying to approve a $95.3 billion foreign aid bill to help Ukraine and Israel. But it might take a while because Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is using tricky rules to slow things down.

They got enough votes to move the bill forward on Thursday, but it’s not over yet. The Senate needs all 100 senators to agree to speed things up for a quick vote, or else they’ll have to work through the weekend and vote next week.

Rand Paul thinks they should keep working until they get it right. He’s ready to make them stay and talk about why they’re more focused on Ukraine’s border than America’s.

Senators are still talking about changes to the bill, like how many changes can be made and how they’ll vote on each one.

The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, wants everyone to agree on the changes so they can finish quickly. He says Democrats are open to fair changes, like they’ve done before. But they’re not giving up until they’re done.

Even though Republicans blocked a bigger bill before, they’re still moving forward with this foreign aid bill. They wanted border security in the bill before, but now they’re split on what to do.

The bill helps Ukraine and Israel a lot. It gives $60 billion to Ukraine to fight against Russia, $14.1 billion for Israel’s security, and money to help people in Gaza, the West Bank, and Ukraine.

Some Republicans want to change the bill to include things about immigration and the border.

Mitch McConnell, a Republican leader, says it’s important to pass this bill. He says it’ll help American jobs and make the country stronger.

So, even though it’s taking some time, they’re working to get this foreign aid bill passed.

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