December 5, 2022

U.S. House of Representatives passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package to fight Russia. White House reacts

President Joe Biden presents copies of his speech to Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Joe Biden presents copies of his speech to Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a nearly $40 billion bill to aid Ukraine battle Russia.

The bill now heads to the Senate where it has bipartisan support and is likely to pass.

The bill cleared the House 368 to 57 with no Democrat opposing it. It includes economic, military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

The amount is just over the $33 billion President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Initially requested from the Chamber.

“The House took a critical step today in sending a clear, bipartisan message to Ukraine, to Russia, and to the world that the United States stands with the people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy against Russian aggression,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Tuesday night.

She added, “We thank House leadership and members of the Appropriations committee for working across the aisle to get this done, and appreciate the strong bipartisan support for the President’s proposal to provide much needed security, economic, humanitarian, and food assistance to Ukraine, across the region, and around the world. 

“Our assistance to date, together with the contributions of our Allies and partners, has been critical in helping Ukrainians win the battle for Kyiv and defend their freedoms. The additional resources included in this bill will allow us to send more weapons, such as artillery, armored vehicles, and ammunition, to Ukraine. And they will help us replenish our stockpile and support U.S. troops on NATO territory. 

“As the President said yesterday, we cannot afford any delay in this vital effort. We look forward to continuing to work with Senate leadership to get this bill to the President’s desk quickly and keep assistance flowing to Ukraine without interruption.”

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter for the bill.

President Biden on Monday urged the chamber to consider his proposed bill, asserting that it will provide additional weapons and funds for humanitarian services in Ukraine.

“The plan was substantial in size, because the need is substantial: We must stand by Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression,” President Biden said on Monday. “The need is also urgent: I have neatly exhausted the resources given to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukraine’s fighters.”

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