Military Aid to Ukraine Suspended

( – With no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, the Biden administration has indicated that it would continue supporting the war-torn country in its efforts to stave off Russia. Getting congressional approval for a new aid package has been unsuccessful thus far, and the government ran out of funding on December 30 to buy more weapons and replace equipment for Ukraine. The Department of Defense allocated $250 million in military aid on December 27, but the Biden administration wants $61.4 billion from Congress. Republicans have blocked efforts to pass a package without funding to secure the southern border of the United States.

House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans have vehemently rejected a draft of a Senate bill that was negotiated by Republican Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, and Independent Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The bill would allow 50,000 more green cards to be issued each year, and 5,000 migrants processed into the United States every day, but also included border security enhancements. Senators are hoping to appease Republicans enough to pass a new aid package for Ukraine.

House Republicans have demanded to know the end game, arguing that indefinitely supporting Ukraine is not the solution. In early January, House Republicans from three committees, including the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced a plan to end the war. The 28-page “Proposed Plan for Victory in Ukraine” includes the timely delivery of weapons, tightening up sanctions on Russia, and sending Russia’s frozen assets to Ukraine. Proper oversight of funding for Ukraine was also included in the report, which has been lacking since the United States began sending money in 2022.

The report also notes that the United States has not provided as much assistance as many European nations, citing total GDP percentages. The Biden administration expects Congress to come to an agreement in January regarding new funding, but Republican hardliners could continue to stall progress if meaningful border security funding is not included.

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