House approves $40B in Ukraine aid, beefing up Biden request

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., left to right, Rep. Greg Meeks, D-N.Y. and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and other members of the Congressional delegation that recently visited Ukraine, speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House following a meeting with President Joe Biden, Tuesday, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, fields questions from reporters during a news conference with Republican leadership, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The House emphatically approved a fresh $40 billion Ukraine aid package Tuesday as lawmakers beefed up President Joe Biden’s initial request, signaling a magnified, bipartisan commitment to thwart Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bloody three-month-old invasion.