Biden Wants Another $37 Billion for Ukraine

Joe Biden asked Congress for $37.7 billion in aid to continue the Russia-Ukraine war, less than two months before a new Congress is sworn in this January.

From Political Insider:

The request is part of a package to fund the government through the end of September 2023. The deadline for a deal to be reached is December 16th.

Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the $37 billion would “ensure Ukraine has the funding, weapons, and support it needs to defend itself” in their war with Russia.

It includes a breakdown of $21.7 for the Department of Defense to be spent on “equipment for Ukraine” and “for continued military, intelligence and other defense support,” while another $14.5 billion would go to the State Department for “direct budget support to Ukraine” and “critical wartime investments.”

The deal would have to be pushed through prior to the swearing-in of the incoming 118th Congress, which will likely feature a House of Representatives with Republicans in the majority.