(ConservativeInsider.org) – As the fighting rages on between Russia and its neighbor, the United States and other countries scramble to provide much-needed assistance to defend Ukraine. To help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his country in the battle, the Biden administration wants Congress to approve at least $10 billion in aid.
According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), President Joe Biden wants to provide the funding to support Ukraine with security, financial, and humanitarian assistance. While helping the sovereign nation has bipartisan support, other measures in the request do not. Unfortunately, the other items may hold up the legislation and have consequences for Ukraine and the United States.
What’s Included in the Bill
While Ukraine fights an onslaught of missile attacks and bombings from Russian forces, it might soon need to fend off an amphibious assault as well. To continue the battle, Ukraine needs all the assistance it can get. Meanwhile, the US Congress must also quickly pass a spending resolution by March 11 to avoid a government shutdown. In order to accomplish both missions simultaneously, the Ukrainian proposal is tied together with the spending bill.
In addition, President Joe Biden also wants to include an additional $22.5 billion for COVID-19 treatments, tests, and vaccines. However, some aren’t happy about the provision, and many worry the pandemic additions will hold up the legislation.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the bill must pass by next week because time is of the essence. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) agreed with the leader, stating he can’t imagine what the Ukrainians are going through and the US cannot delay “any longer.”
The Possible Hold Up
The additional money for COVID-19 is giving some Republicans pause given the expensive coronavirus relief bill passed in early 2021. Right-leaning lawmakers said Biden needs to be pretty convincing to get them to pass the bill with the additional $22.5 billion. However, the president insists the money is to protect the public against future virus strains and infection rate spikes. If that’s true, he should not have any trouble proving his case. Republicans also worry that Ukraine’s aid may reduce the Pentagon’s budget for military assistance in 2022.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed the legislation hit a “snag.”
Hopefully, Democrats and Republicans can pull together to compromise and pass the legislation as soon as possible. If not, Ukrainians could pay the price. Luckily, both sides seem united against Putin’s actions, so perhaps they can stand together and help the victims in this war while preventing a government shutdown here at home.
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