The Senate voted on Friday evening to start work on the defense supplemental spending package, teeing up a marathon of amendment votes in the coming days.
The upper chamber voted 64-19 on a motion to proceed to the $95 billion package, which includes aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. Senators are facing a partial cancellation of their two-week recess as leadership works to pass the bill, which has been in the works for months and faces a difficult path forward in the House.
“Tonight’s vote keeps the process of passing this emergency national security package moving forward on the Senate floor,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Friday as the vote will keep the Senate in session during Super Bowl weekend.
“Nevertheless, the Senate will keep working on this bill until the job is done,” he added.
The emergency aid package