The bill calls for $ 6 billion in weapons and training for Ukrainian forces and $ 8.7 billion to replenish Pentagon reserves.
The US House of Representatives has approved a huge $ 39.8 billion package of military and other assistance to strengthen Kiev against Moscow – more than 5% of the total US national security budget for 2022.
Only 57 Republicans rejected the measure in Tuesday’s vote, hours after the bill’s text was released. To move the bill forward, Democrats agreed to cut it off from the 10 10 billion Covid-19 aid package, which Republicans vehemently opposed. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has already promised “Quick Move” To pass the law, which would bring total US support for Ukraine this year is about $ 54 billion, and more than what Washington has spent on global foreign aid in 2019.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) claims the bill is a matter of U.S. national security, saying “The Ukrainian people are fighting for their democracy, and for us in doing so.”
Critics, such as Republican Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), have argued “We cannot help Ukraine by spending what we do not have.”
Lawmakers have approved more funding than President Biden initially asked for $ 33 billion. “We cannot delay this important war effort.” Biden said Monday, urging Congress to move quickly “Critical” Deadline.
Although the bill seeks to provide additional military assistance to Ukraine to continue the war against Russia – allowing more direct transfers from U.S. military stockpiles – a large portion of the funds will be spent on replenishing weapons already sent abroad, as well as supporting other regional allies. And increased troop deployments in Europe.
At least $ 8.7 billion in cash will go to a State Department-funded financial aid fund to help meet Ukraine’s budget deficit and others. “Urgent need,” Another $ 900 million Ukrainian refugee housing is intended for neighboring states. Another 5 5 billion will be diverted to the global food aid program to address potential supply disruptions from war-torn Ukraine and sanctions-ravaged Russia.
Earlier Monday, Biden signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Land-Lease Act of 2022, a WWII-era plan to supply arms and other equipment to the Kiev government, approved by Congress in late April. The arms shipments under the law differ from the nearly $ 4 billion in direct military aid that Russia has sent to Ukraine since the start of the military operation in February and the supply of arms approved by the new $ 40 billion package.