Their argument: Many of the supplies are made in the United States, and that’s good for American jobs.
Biden has a new war message. There is an America First twist.
The White House emphasized that the weapons for Ukraine were produced in the United States. But will it work?
October 23, 2023 – In a speech in the Oval Office on Thursday asking for more than $106 billion in aid for Israel, Ukraine and other priorities, Biden linked the fight against Russian aggression to the Hamas attacks. But he also emphasized that most of the funding for Ukraine that he is seeking will never leave the United States, a press release from politico.com/news reported.
That argument, which touched on the 2024 battleground states of Pennsylvania and Arizona, comes as Biden makes a re-election speech focused on his efforts to create jobs and revive domestic manufacturing in sectors such as clean energy and semiconductor manufacturing. . The agenda, known as Bidenomics, has been met with skepticism by voters, according to polls, but the president appears determined to put it at the center of his re-election campaign.
And now that message includes the manufacture of weapons. The administration is pushing to strengthen the defense industrial base to produce more artillery shells, missiles and other weapons for the United States and its allies. The latest aid proposal, released Friday, includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine, of which $30 billion is for direct military aid from Ukraine.
“Let me be clear,” Biden said. “We’re sending equipment that’s in our reserves to Ukraine. And when we use the money appropriated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own stores, our own reserves with new equipment.”
“Team defending the United States and made in the United States. Patriot missiles for air defense batteries, manufactured in Arizona. Artillery shells are made in 12 states across the country, in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas. And many more, ” he said. “You know, like in World War II, today patriotic American workers are building the arsenal of democracy and serving the cause of freedom.”