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Ukraine has chance to win over US House - international expert on macro-financial aid

12 February, 2024 Monday
20:14

Oleksandr Kraiev, an expert at the Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council, told how the Americans are progressing in the issue of providing macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

He said this on the air of the Espreso TV channel.

"The progress is quite significant and positive. Earlier, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mike Johnson and his entourage used to react quite harshly to every vote and new proposal, but now there are almost no comments from them. We see that all the requests they had for this package have been met. That is, there is a certain vision of how it will be used. An inspection team went to Kyiv to check how Ukraine was using the aid. There were also concessions on the border, border financing and draft laws on the border. So far, it looks like we have a chance to win over the House of Representatives," Kraiev said.

"Of course, there are some concerns that Mike Johnson and the Trumpists in the House of Representatives will again start blocking the bill and bargaining with the Biden administration and the Senate to get more concessions. But today we see some changes, even at the narrative level, says the international expert.

"There are three or four votes left before Ukraine is allocated macro-financial and security assistance. On Tuesday, we expect a vote in the Senate, and later in the House of Representatives, where our aid package will go through the same procedures. The package has to be voted on to be brought to the floor, and then voted upon on its merits. However, the House of Representatives can usually shorten this to a vote on the merits or a vote to end the debate and then on the bill itself," he added.

Moreover, the circumstances are such that the House needs to resolve this issue by the end of February. Otherwise, they risk being fined again for passing the federal budget. This threatens America with serious economic consequences, Kraev said.

  • On February 10, the US Senate voted to open debate on a bill that would allocate about $95 billion to help Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and other countries.
  • On February 11, the US Senate voted to overcome the last procedural hurdle and move closer to passing a bill that would allocate about $95 billion to help Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and other countries.
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