The aid package sailed through the House on a robust bipartisan vote of 385-23, even as
The measure won support from many fiscal conservatives who typically resist such spending bills because the funding will come from a
"The best thing that we can do is work with the administration, strengthen their hand to deal with what is a very difficult situation," said House Speaker
The loan guarantees are also expected to be approved by the
On Thursday, top congressional leaders welcomed the
Menendez said his committee is prepared to "potentially provide the president with further authority to respond to this situation as it develops."
"Putin's game of Russian roulette has pointed the gun at the international community's head," Menendez said. "I believe this time Putin has miscalculated. And I believe it is essential we do not blink."
The rare moment of bipartisanship comes as Republicans have continued to attack the president's approach to foreign affairs, saying it has weakened the U.S. position abroad. With an eye toward November midterm elections, Republicans are trying to reassert what has been the party's dominance over Democrats on national security issues.