House approves aid to Taiwan in first advancement of foreign aid package

The House passed a foreign aid bill providing funds to Taiwan in an overwhelming bipartisan vote on Saturday, marking the first step toward providing financial assistance to a number of foreign allies.

Lawmakers voted in favor of a $8.12 billion proposal to provide aid to Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific area as part of efforts to combat any efforts from the Chinese government to invade the East Asian country. The vote is the first of three foreign aid bills up for consideration on Saturday, with the others focused on Ukraine and Israel.

The Taiwan supplemental passed in a 385-34 vote, with only 34 Republicans rejecting the measure. One Democrat voted present.

The Ukraine bill allocates billions of dollars to replenish defense weapons and services provided to the wartorn country as it continues to stave off an invasion from Russia for over two years.
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