US House of Representatives votes to allocate USD 300 million to Ukraine
Late Thursday night, the US House of Representatives voted to allocate USD 300 million to support Ukraine. Previously, these funds were removed from the draft US defense budget
The US House of Representatives has approved the Pentagon's 2023 funding bill after removing aid to Ukraine from it. Aid to Ukraine in the amount of USD 300 million was allocated in a separate bill, which also passed with a large margin of victory.
Republicans were reportedly forced to take this step to secure the support of their conservative colleagues who opposed further aid to Ukraine. Democrats criticized the maneuver, arguing that it could be perceived by the Kremlin as a refusal of Congress to support Ukraine.
"The Russians are good at propaganda. It will be played as America backing off of its commitment for Ukraine," said Adam Smith, a Democrat member of the House Armed Services.
The House of Representatives passed an USD 826 billion defense spending bill.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, said he would leave aid to Ukraine in the Pentagon funding bill, contrary to his statement earlier that he would remove the money.