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Senator Joni Ernst reacts to the passage of the foreign aid bill



Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A months-long discussion over increasing help to Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine came to an end on Tuesday when the U.S. Senate adopted a $95 billion foreign aid bill. As soon as the measure reaches his desk, President Joe Biden promises to sign it.

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa expressed her disapproval of President Biden’s handling of foreign policy in a statement released after the vote on Tuesday, but she was also relieved that the law had finally passed.

“By deterring adversarial aggression, we can reverse Biden’s failed leadership on the world stage, as we unite around a new direction to fully counter this president’s crises at home and abroad,’ Ernst said.

More than $8 billion, $26 billion, and $61 billion for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine are included in the plan. A possible TikTok ban is also part of it. ByteDance, the app’s Chinese parent company, has 270 days left to sell it before a nationwide ban is imposed.

“I was proud to equip our nation to push back against authoritarians and end their terror before another American life is lost,” Ernst said.

Months ago, President Biden asked for an aid bill, but Senate leaders claim far-right Republicans are to blame for the delay.

“They’re just interested in negativity and destruction,” Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said. “I hope our Republican colleagues have learned that lesson not to listen to the hard right.”

Mitch McConnell, the minority leader for Republicans, expressed satisfaction with the bill’s passage.

“Foreign nations’ respect for American interest depends on our willingness to defend them,” McConnell said.

The bill is on its way to the president’s desk and is expected to be signed Wednesday.