US Senate Calls for $24 Billion to Be Provided to Ukraine
Senators from both parties in the United States have called for the swift approval of an additional $24 billion in assistance to Ukraine. The White House had previously sent this request to Congress.
This is reported by Reuters.
This funding includes an extra $24 billion for military, economic, and humanitarian support for Ukraine, which is defending itself against Russia's full-scale invasion.
Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democrats in the US Senate, emphasized the need to show Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and "forces of autocracy" that the United States firmly supports Ukraine. He stated that this is a pivotal moment and that the worst thing the US could do for its national security and democratic values right now is to weaken or hesitate in its support.
Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, highlighted the importance of reassuring the people of Ukraine that "we are with them for the long haul." He noted the significant progress Ukraine has made recently and expressed confidence that the US administration will do everything it can to provide additional funding to Ukraine.
On the other hand, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a somewhat vague statement opposing support for Ukraine. He stated that the Senate's top priority should be the safety of the American people. He emphasized the need to continue investing in the American defense industry to support partners in today's struggle and help US forces deter future threats.
Jake Sullivan, Biden's national security advisor, informed journalists at the White House that the administration is closely cooperating with both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the additional aid package, which includes funding through the end of 2023. Sullivan expressed confidence that they can secure the necessary funding and described the talks as constructive, positive, and substantive.
The prospects for President Biden's additional request may be less favorable in the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a slim majority, and some on the far-right, especially those closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, are critical of US funding for Ukraine.
As previously reported by The Gaze, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his visit to Ukraine, announced at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba that Washington will provide Ukraine with over $1 billion in assistance.