The Pentagon says aid to Kiev could be disrupted if Congress does not pass a 40 billion package by May 19.
The Pentagon has warned that the flow of US weapons to Ukraine could at least be temporarily halted if Congress does not quickly approve new spending of about 40 40 billion to repel Russian attacks on Kiev in the former Soviet republic.
“May 19 is the day that we really, without additional authority, have no power to send new things…” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday. “By May 19, this will begin to affect our ability to provide uninterrupted assistance.”
Without new funding, arms shipments to Kiev will not be stopped immediately on May 20, as the Pentagon will still have some supplies in the pipeline purchased under the authority, which currently owes about $ 100 million to help Ukraine, Kirby said. However, he added, the Pentagon would face a loss of the ability to source new cargo. “A period when nothing is moving” If there is an extended delay in approving new funds.
“We’re going through a fairly quick clip here, both in terms of the individual packages that have been approved and how fast those things are getting into Ukraine’s hands.” Kirby said. “Literally, every day, something is happening, and we want to be able to keep up the pace as long as we can.”
Washington’s latest Ukraine aid package, valued at $ 39.8 billion, was unopposed by the House on Tuesday night, but the Senate failed to quickly-track the bill for approval on Thursday. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) objected to the unanimous vote – a provision that would allow bills with strong bipartisan support to go to the polls quickly without debate – after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) refused to add language. An Inspector General needs to be appointed to oversee the expenditure.
Schumer quickly urged Paul to stand in the way of approving a massive aid package, arguing that Washington “Dder” To assist Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) also pushed for an immediate vote on the bill, but Paul’s objection meant the pass would be delayed as soon as possible next week.
Paul argued that the Americans already existed “Feeling the pain” An inflation crisis, which he said was driven by excessive deficit spending, “And Congress seems intent on adding that pain by moving more money out the door as soon as possible.” He added, “We cannot save Ukraine by destroying the US economy.”
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Kirby reiterated a request from the Pentagon for funding the new Ukraine by the third week of May. “Of course, we are urging the Senate to act as soon as possible so that we do not go to the end of May and do not draw any additional authority.”
Although the aid bill passed in the House with the support of all except Democrats and 57 Republicans, the vote reflects a growing division on the issue, with the GOP side of the Isle. Representative Dan Cranesch (R-Texas) praised the bill as a way to finance a proxy war against Russia. “Invest in destroying our opponent’s military without losing an American soldier.”
Critics, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Georgia), have countered that anti-Russian sanctions only exacerbate the US inflation crisis and distract from the more important internal issues of prioritizing aid to Ukraine. “Even if you spend $ 40 billion on your proxy war against Russia, I’m focusing on the baby formula for American children.” He said to Cransh.
Paul noted that the latest spending package would bring the total US aid to Ukraine to $ 60 billion since the conflict began in February, almost as much as Russia’s annual allocation for its full defense budget.