Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Senate vote to advance consideration of the national security supplemental. The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the vehicle for the national security supplemental in a bipartisan vote, 67-32. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
It’s a very good thing that the Senate has just voted to proceed to the national security supplemental. This is a good first step.
This bill is essential for our national security, for the security of our friends in Ukraine, in Israel, for humanitarian aid for innocent civilians in Gaza, and for Taiwan. The bill also strengthens our military at a time when they need it most.
Failure to pass this bill would only embolden autocrats like Putin and Xi who want nothing more than America’s decline.
Now that we are on the bill, we hope to reach an agreement with our Republican colleagues on amendments. Democrats have always been clear that we support having a fair and reasonable amendment process. During my time as Majority Leader, I have presided over more amendment votes than the Senate held in all four years of the previous administration.
For the information of Senators, we are going to keep working on this bill until the job is done.