White House asks Congress for about $12 billion more for Ukraine aid

The Joe Biden administration has asked Congress for nearly $12 billion in additional funding for Ukraine, on top of the tens of billions the US has already pledged.

The administration hopes to provide $11.7 billion for “security and economic assistance” in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, which begins October 1, 2022.

“President Biden has pledged that the United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their sovereignty,” White House Office of Management and Budget Secretary Shalanda Young said in a September 2 statement. I have made it clear that I am,” he said.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February on President Putin’s orders.

The executive branch has already spent or committed about three-quarters of the funds approved by Congress, according to White House officials, including the $40 billion package Biden signed in May. There is

Expenditures include $4.5 billion to keep the Ukrainian government functioning, and billions of dollars in weapons and other military equipment.

The new request was not unexpected, as the fundraising was expected to last until September.

“We have mobilized the world to support the Ukrainian people in defending democracy. The regime remains committed to supporting the Ukrainian people as they remain steadfast and continue to display extraordinary courage in the face of all-out Russian aggression.”

A bipartisan vote passed the $40 billion package, but members of Congress have yet to respond favorably to the new demands.

Rep. Thomas Massey (R-Ky.) expressed criticism.

“This is obscene. I will not vote more than $13 billion for Ukraine and more than $15 billion for pharmaceutical companies,” he said.

Other requests

The White House is also seeking additional funding, including $2 billion, “to help address the impact Putin’s war has had on the domestic energy supply and reduce future energy costs.”

The administration also wants more funding for COVID-19-related priorities, including testing, accelerating research on better vaccines and treatments, and helping other countries cope with the disease. .

In addition, the request calls for nearly $4 billion for the monkeypox response. The government says it will spend most of its money on vaccines, tests and treatments.

A fourth aspect of the request was funds to help states, tribes and territories recover from recent floods and other natural disasters.

“This administration looks forward to continuing to work with members of both parties in Congress to meet these critical needs of the American people, and to reaching bipartisan funding agreements that will advance the nation’s priorities in the coming year. ‘ said Young.

Zachary Stever


Zachary Stieber covers US and world news. He is based in Maryland.