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The US Senate on Tuesday passed a $95 billion package to provide aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan.

The package passed 79-18, with three Democrats and 15 Republicans voting against its passage. It now goes to US President Joe Biden for his signature.

Biden has said that he will sign the package on Wednesday.

Biden praised the bill's passage, promising, "I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week."

"The need is urgent: for Ukraine, facing unrelenting bombardment from Russia; for Israel, which just faced unprecedented attacks from Iran; for refugees and those impacted by conflicts and natural disasters around the world, including in Gaza, Sudan, and Haiti; and for our partners seeking security and stability in the Indo-Pacific."

He added, "This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin."

The package passed the US House on Saturday, as part of a package including $14 billion in military assistance to Israel, and $4 billion in weapons funding for Taiwan and the US' other Indo-Pacific allies. In addition, the package contains $48 billion in Ukraine security aid, and a bill forcing TikTok's owners to sell to a US firm or see the platform banned in the US.

The $14 billion in military assistance to Israel will mainly provide funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz thanked the US for the bill's passage, writing, "I thank the U.S. Senate for passing the Israel aid package tonight with an overwhelming bipartisan majority."

"As we mark 200 days to the barbaric October 7th terror attack by Hamas, Israel and the United States stand together in the fight against terrorism, defending democracy and our shared values.

"The Israel aid package that now passed both houses of Congress is a clear testament to the strength of our alliance and sends a strong message to all our enemies.

Thank you Sen. Schumer & Leader McConnell for your unwavering commitment to Israel's security. The Israel-U.S. strategic partnership is unbreakable."

Istaeli ambassador to the US Michael Herzog responded to the approval of the $95 billion package sending aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, writing, "I wish to thank the U.S. Senate for passing the Israel aid package with overwhelming bipartisan support. This package is timely and critical to Israel's security in the face of strategic threats and sends a strong message to our enemies that we stand together."

"Thank you, America, for investing in our alliance."