On Thursday, the United States Senate passed legislation providing 1.5T dollars in funding the federal government through September 30 and to offer 13.6B dollars in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
A 13.6B dollars emergency funding for humanitarian and military assistance for besieged Ukraine and its Western allies straightforwardly earned final Congressional approval, joining a ride on the federal government-wide package. The U.S. President is likely to sign the 2700-page legislation into law, preventing short-term shutdowns before the 11th March deadline when present federal government funds are set to expire.
⚡️U.S. Senate passes spending bill that includes $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The bill includes roughly $6.5 billion for the Department of Defense, nearly $4 billion for the State Department and around $2.8 billion for USAID for humanitarian assistance.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 11, 2022
With Russia’s all-out invasion killing several thousand and forcing more than 2M to leave the country, the U.S. Senate passed the funding legislation by a 68/31 bilateral margin. GOPs and Democrats have fought this election-year over energy policy, growing inflation, and lasting pandemic rules. But both parties have shown support sending delivering assistance to Ukraine, whose determined resilience against violent force has been inspirational for numerous Congressional members.
Furthermore, referring to Mr. Putin, who has planned a large-scale attack against neighboring Ukraine, Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, said that they’re keeping their vows to assist Ukraine as they resist for their survival against the evil Russian leader. The passage of the spending bill follows months of discussions over the US government’s money and, therefore policy primacies. Moreover, it comes as legislators push to express care for Ukrainians in its fight against the Russian military, with both GOPs and Dems saying the President Biden government must do more to help Zelenskyy’s Ukraine.
Dispute with Poland
Nearly 50% of the 13.6B dollars package was for equipping and arming Kyiv and Pentagon’s cost for deploying American military personnel to East European allies nervous about the conflict next door.
The majority of the remaining contains within economic and humanitarian support, bolstering the defense of the regional partners and shielding their cybersecurity needs and energy supplies. GOPs powerfully supported the spending package, but they condemned US President for moving too fearfully, like in the unsettled disagreement with the Polish administration over how that country could provide Russian-made MiGs to Kyiv that its jet pilots know how to operate.
According to the U.S. Defense Department, President Biden rejected Wednesday a proposal from Warsaw that would’ve made its old Soviet-era MiGs available to America’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany for potential delivery to Kyiv because it would be an increased risk move that could escalate tensions with Moscow.
Additionally, in February, White House advisors told U.S. Congress that Joe Biden wanted 6.4B dollars to respond to Moscow’s incursion. He concluded formally asking 10B dollars, a sum that it took a willing Congress just a few days to lift to its departing figure of 13.6B dollars. The overall 1.5T dollars package taking that assistance gave incumbent rulers a near seven percent rise for home initiatives, which constituted a little less than 50% of the bill. And that described to increased money for housing, schools, biomedical research, renewable energy, childcare, and law enforcement funding to communities.
GOPs lay claim to a nearly six-percent enhancement for Defense, including funds for thirteen new NAVY ships, eighty-five F-35 fighter jets, upgrades for ninety Abram Tanks, a pay increase for forces, and improvements for military bases schools.