Biden to request USD 100 billion aid package for Ukraine from Congress
The US president aims to resolve Ukraine-related issues before the next election, despite Republican skepticism
The Telegraph reported the information.
The outlet notes that the US president wants to solve the problem before the next election, as Republican skeptics continue to create problems. And the White House is developing plans to ask Congress to provide the largest arms and humanitarian aid package amid fears that the ongoing spending dispute could hurt the president in next year's election. According to US officials, the package could be as large as USD 100 billion.
"The ‘big package’ idea is firmly supported by many throughout the administration. Supporters of Ukraine want this to be a one-and-done big bill, and then not have to deal with it until after the next election," a source told the Telegraph.
The controversy in the US Congress over aid to Ukraine
On October 1, US President Joe Biden signed a bill to temporarily fund the government until November 17, which had been approved the day before by the US Senate and House of Representatives. He also called on congressional Republicans to support the bill to provide additional aid to Ukraine, saying he was "tired" of the constant bickering that nearly led to a government shutdown.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that despite the lack of a decision in the US Congress on assistance to Ukraine amid a possible shutdown, US support for Ukraine has not weakened.
The US Congress did not include new funding for assistance to Ukraine in the law on the temporary budget. In addition, the House of Representatives dismissed Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who supported military aid to Ukraine.
The Pentagon has already warned Congress of possible problems with the supply of weapons to Ukraine. According to Politico, Biden's team is looking for alternative ways to fund aid to Ukraine.