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Kaine Statement on House Passage of National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement regarding the long-awaited House passage of a national security supplemental funding package:

“After months of my urging, I’m glad the House finally passed legislation to help Ukraine in the fight against Putin’s brutal invasion. Additionally, it includes funding to help Israel defend itself and to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which will be crucial as negotiations continue on a hostage deal and ceasefire. I’m also glad it includes provisions to bolster the Australia-U.K.-U.S. agreement to sell Virginia-built submarines to Australia. Our alliances are the one thing China and Russia can never replace, and now more than ever it is crucial that we stand strong with fellow democracies against authoritarianism and terror. I look forward to voting to pass this legislation as quickly as possible.”

Kaine has been calling for the passage of a national security supplemental funding package since October 2023, and helped pass similar legislation out of the Senate in February 2024. Due to House leadership’s decision to split the bill into multiple separate bills—all of which were passed today—the Senate must vote on the legislation again, and is expected to do so in the coming days.