Updated Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 20:24
Congress has been debating the appropriateness of approving more military aid for months and many are questioning whether the United States will continue to spend on a war for which it has already allocated $75 billion.
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US President Joe Biden urged Congress to approve new funding for Ukraine, and warned that If Russian leader Vladimir Putin wins the war, “he won’t stop”. “We will not let Putin win,” Biden said on the same day that the Senate, with a Democratic majority, put to a vote a budget package of about $105 billion that includes more than 61 billion in military aid for the Ukrainian people.
In addition, he announced a new aid package for Ukraine 175 million dollars of funds that have already been approved. Includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
Congress has been debating for months the appropriateness of approving more military aid for Ukraine and many republicans ask that the United States should continue to finance a war that has allocated more than 75,000 million dollars.
The president of the House of Representatives, the Republican Mike Johnsonsent a letter to the White House on Tuesday warning that without advocating deep reforms to control immigrationyour group not support funds for Ukraine.
“I am ready to make significant concessions on the border. We need to fix the border system. It doesn’t work. And so far I haven’t gotten an answer,” Biden said in an appearance before the White House press.
No money at the end of the year
The White House warned on Monday that by the end of the year the US Government will have no money to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia and will be left without resources to acquire more weapons and equipment for kyiv.
In mid-November, the Department of Defense in the US is already used 97% of the $62.3 billion in supplemental financing which he received and the Department of State used the 4.7 billion dollars in the military assistance financing that he assigned.
But as Biden insisted, more money is needed and Republicans are making that aid in exchange for immigration reforms. “Let me explain. We need real solutions. I put a comprehensive plan on the table on my first day in office. I made it clear that we need Congress to make changes“added the president, who emphasized that he is ready to do “a lot more” in this regard.
Biden said he was willing to discuss even “a change in policy” and emphasized that he had requested funding for more border agents and judges and that Republicans should decide whether they want a solution on the Mexican border.
Hours before the Senate’s vote on the new package, Biden warned that Republicans were eager to give Putin “the biggest gift he ever wanted”: for the United States to relinquish global leadership .
“We have all seen cruelty caused by Ukraine, invading another country, trying to subjugate its neighbors with an iron fist, committing atrocities against Ukrainian civilians, trying to plunge them into the cold and darkness of winter by bombing their electrical grid,” he complained.
The White House warned this week that the United States is running out of time and money to help Ukraine repel Russian aggression.
Weapons and data
On the other hand, representatives of the governments of the United States and Ukraine signed an agreement on facilitating weapons co-production and data exchange at a conference held Wednesday in Washington.
The letter of intent was signed at a meeting of industry and government representatives from the United States and Ukraine, and “will prioritize co-production and sharing of technical data in responding to urgent operational requirements on armed forces of Ukraine“said Jason Israel, Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the White House National Security Council, in front of an audience of over 200 people meeting in the auditorium of the Department of Commerce.
Previously, the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, canceled at the last minute a speech he had planned to give behind closed doors before the United States Senate. His speech was organized by the White House to promote the aid package.
The idea is that the Ukrainian president can convincing Republican senators who resisted the approval of the economic package because they did not share the priorities of the White House.