The U.S. House on Saturday was swiftly pushing through a series of votes in a rare weekend session aimed toward approving a $95 billion package of foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies.

Democrats and Republicans in the the narrowly-GOP controlled chamber joined together after a grueling months-long fight over renewed American support for repelling Russia’s invasion.

With overwhelming support, the House approved the Ukraine portion, a $61 billion aid package, in a strong showing of American backing as lawmakers race to deliver a fresh round of U.S. support to the war-torn ally. Some lawmakers cheered, waiving blue-and-yellow flags of Ukraine.

The $26 billion package aiding Israel and providing humanitarian relief to citizens of Gaza also easily cleared. Each segment of the aid package faced an up-or-down vote.

A national security bill that includes a provision forcing sale of the popular platform TikTok was quickly approved, as was another supporting Indo-Pacific allies.

The unusual process allowed unique coalitions to form around the bills, pushing them forward. The whole package will go to the Senate, where passage in the coming days is nearly assured.

President Joe Biden has promised to sign it immediately.

“The eyes of the world are upon us, and history will judge what we do here and now,” said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The weekend scene presented a striking display of congressional action after months of dysfunction and stalemate fueled by Republicans, who hold the majority but are deeply split over foreign aid, particularly for Ukraine as it fights Russia’s invasion.

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., putting his job on the line, had to rely on Democratic support to ensure the military and humanitarian package is approved, and help flows to the U.S. allies.

What Mass. lawmakers said

Among them was U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-4th District, a Jewish lawmaker and former Marine, who has been outspoken in his support for both Israel and Ukraine and sharply critical of China’s ambitions.

In a statement, the Newtown lawmaker said his vote Saturday was a “[vote] in defense of democracies.”

“This national security bill has a big price tag, but it’s a bargain. For a tenth of what Congress spends annually on the military, we are investing in a free world that is more strong, self-reliant, and safer,” he said. “The result is that while thousands of Americans have been hired to manufacture our arms, none have been deployed to bear arms.”

Auchincloss said his vote also was a rebuke to the “the axis of China, Russia, and Iran.”

“These autocracies are working together to upend the Pax Americana that has supported freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,” he said, calling for swift action by the U.S. Senate. “The United States must respond by working together with our allies to fight back.”

In a post to X, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-4th District, also a former Marine, said he was “proud to have voted to stand up to dictators and butchers around the world by voting to send aid to Ukraine, Taiwan, Gaza, and Israel.”

In a post to X earlier in the week, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-1st District, the dean of the Bay State’s House delegation, said that “with Israel under attack, the United States must stand with our ally and its people,” as he called for a vote on funding.

In an extensive statement, U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, D-3rd District, observed that “while innocent Palestinians are on the brink of famine, Russia is taking ground in Ukraine, Iran and its proxies are launching attacks in the Middle East, and China is extending its reach in the Indo-Pacific.”

“We will not turn our backs on innocent civilians and our allies,” Trahan said.