House approves $39.8 billion Ukraine aid bill

Washington- The House approved Tuesday night $39.8 billion in aid to Ukraine, there are only days left before President Biden declares that his authority to fund military supplies to help repel Russian aggression is running out.

The bill passed 368 to 57. It will now go to the Senate and then to Mr. Biden’s office. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote that the Senate would act on the aid package “as soon as possible.”

House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rosa DeLauro presented the supplementary bill Tuesday afternoon. The bill provides significantly more military and humanitarian aid than the $33 billion requested by the president and is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House.

“This monumental package of security, economic and humanitarian aid will be on the floor tonight, where we hope to get a strong bipartisan vote,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats on Tuesday. “Time is running out – and we cannot afford to wait. With this aid package, America is sending a resounding message to the world of our unwavering determination to support the brave people of Ukraine until victory is achieved. won.”

DeLauro said Congress had “a moral responsibility to provide this support to help end the loss of life, hold Putin and his cronies accountable, and protect global democracy.”

In addition to $6 billion for security assistance like training and weapons, the legislation includes $8.7 billion to replenish U.S. stockpiles of equipment sent to Ukraine and $3.9 billion for the mission and intelligence support. The bill also provides $2 million for technical and regulatory support to Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory agency, and more than $5 billion to address food insecurity due to the conflict. Another $900 million would be used to help Ukrainian refugees and newcomers with housing and other supports.

The White House hopes the aid will provide enough support for Ukraine through September, when the fiscal year ends.

The President Monday signed a separate invoice which will allow the United States to loan and lease military equipment to Ukraine, an effort inspired by a World War II program that helped defeat Nazi Germany.

Democrats decided to separate COVID-19 funding from Ukraine funding because Republicans disagreed on linking the two issues.