According to the sources familiar with the policymakers’ thinking, the United States Congress reached an agreement, and top Democratic appropriators are readying a plan that would boost American President’s requested USD 33 Bn in military and economic assistance for Ukraine to $39.8 Bn. That includes incremental funding of $3.4 Bn for food and $3.4 Bn in further U.S. Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) for weapons and equipment above the request of Joe Biden.
According to sources familiar with the policymakers’ thinking, the top Democratic appropriators are readying a plan that would boost American President’s requested USD 33 Bn in military and economic assistance for Ukraine to $39.8 Bn. pic.twitter.com/iCgJrTvX7Z
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The U.S. House could pass the proposal as soon as Tuesday, and the leaders of the Senate stated they’re also ready to proceed quickly. However, as of Monday afternoon, the offer hadn’t been officially introduced. According to the sources, Ukrainian assistance wouldn’t be connected to the Coronavirus relief aid, something several incumbent party members had anticipated, but it possibly would not attract adequate GOP support.
In additionally, a source having knowledge of the matter said that Joe Biden, the President of America, talked to Congress leaders that he wishes to approve Ukrainian assistance first without assistance he’s requested to fight against fatal Coronavirus disease, given the opposition from Senate GOPs, and then pass Coronavirus relief assistance as an isolated bill.
‘Can’t Afford Delay’
Another source knowing the discussions said that everyone came to an agreement that Coronavirus aid would decelerate this, and the administration is days ways from finishing the Ukraine funding. The U.S. leader, who had requested a $33 Bn aid package on April 28 in supplementary security, direct economic and food, and humanitarian aid for brave Ukrainians, urged the U.S. Congress on May 9 to approve the aid for Kyiv immediately. Biden added there’re around ten days before funding to assist Zelenskyy’s military efforts runs out.
On Monday, the President said that previously, he’d recommended that the US governing body take late action on much-needed money for COVID-19 tests, jabs, and treatments, as a portion of Ukraine’s additional funding. However, Congressional leaders in both parties have notified him that such an addition would decelerate progress on the immediately needed assistance for bolstering Ukrainian defense.
President Biden also said they couldn’t afford postponement in this vigorous war effort. Hence, he’s ready to accept that these two bills proceed discretely so that the Ukrainian assistance package could reach his desk immediately.