While on a trip to South Korea, Joe Biden on Saturday signed the whopping $40 billion Ukraine aid package into law.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday with overwhelming support, the Daily Caller reports. Just 11 Senate Republicans voted against the bill, which sets aside billions of dollars for military and security aid as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
“I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden said in a statement following the Senate vote. “The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed on NATO territory.”
Since Biden was already in South Korea, the bill had to be flown to him for signature. A National Security Council spokesperson told CNN that the bill was “carried by someone who was already traveling to the region as part of their official duties.”
“The President does intend to sign the bill while he’s on the road so that he can sign it expeditiously,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Thursday. “The modalities of that are being worked right now so that he can get it and sign it. There won’t be a gap for that very reason.”
The aid package also shells out money for resources like food, medicine and shelter for people in Ukraine.