Assistance to Ukraine will be related to immigration reform - former US Presidential Advisor Bolton
On Monday, December 4, former US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that assistance to Ukraine may be linked to immigration policy reform
This was reported by The Hill.
"I think everybody on the Republican side wants to tie it (ed. - aid to Ukraine) to some kind of reform of our immigration policy with respect to Mexico," Bolton said.
The White House has repeatedly asked Congress to approve further spending on Ukraine, but disagreements among lawmakers have delayed such action.
Bolton reiterated his call for Congress to act on the $61 billion in aid to Ukraine, noting the "hype" over the statement by Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, who earlier Monday wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying the government "out of money — and nearly out of time" to continue providing aid to Ukraine.
"I don’t think it’s needed tomorrow. I do think it’s urgent and I think Congress should approve it,” Bolton said. “I think there’s a little hype in the budget director’s statement, but in terms of substantive policy, there’s no doubt Congress should act on this. I would hope before they go home for Christmas."
- November 21 During a visit to Ukraine, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin assures the Ukrainian leadership of continued US support.
- November 26 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announces that he will propose to senators to introduce bills, including one on funding for aid to Ukraine and Israel, next week.
- On December 2, US National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby again called on Congress to take action to allocate the funds needed to continue aid to Ukraine. He noted that this should be done by the end of the current calendar year.
- On Monday, November 4, the White House said that without a congressional decision, it would run out of money to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russia by the end of the year.
- Later, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled the first vote on a bill proposed by Joe Biden to allocate $106 billion, including for Ukraine and Israel. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the Congress on Tuesday via secure video conference.