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Democrats Ditch COVID Funds, Aim to Plow $40 Billion into Ukraine Instead

The package is above Joe Biden's $33 billion requests in April,

 on 10th May 2022 @ 4.00pm
biden on april 28 asked congress for  33 billion to support ukraine  including more than  20 billion in military assistanceaim © press
Biden on April 28 asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in military assistanceAim

Congressional Democrats are rushing to send $39.8 billion in additional Ukraine aid, not long after agreeing to drop a proposal for additional COVID-19 related funding they planned to combine.

The package, which is way above Joe Biden's $33 billion requests in April, could soon receive a House vote, with Senate Democrats indicating that they are prepared to move swiftly, according to Reuters.

On April 28, Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in military assistance.

That proposal was a dramatic escalation of U.S. funding for the war with Russia.

the new proposal includes an additional  3 4 billion for military aid © press
The new proposal includes an additional $3.4 billion for military aid

The new proposal includes an additional $3.4 billion for military aid and $3.4 billion in humanitarian aid, the sources said to Reuters

As Zerohedge reports:

While emergency aid for Ukraine has had bipartisan support for weeks, disputes over domestic funds for pandemic relief, or whether stiffer immigration controls should be included, have delayed the process.

"We cannot allow our shipments of assistance to stop while we await further congressional action," read a statement from President Biden, who called on lawmakers to expedite the funding so he could sign it within the next few days.

The urgency comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top House Republican Kevin McCarthy begging for the funds, which they said would run out in two weeks.

some democrats  such as  2 senator dick durban  weren t happy with the decision © press
Some Democrats, such as #2 Senator Dick Durban, weren't happy with the decision

"We need your help" wrote Austin and Blinken, who said there was 'only' $100 million left from a presidential authorization of weapons (which required no congressional approval).

"We expect to exhaust that authority no later than May 19, 2022," the letter continues.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he was pleased the Ukraine assistance was decoupled from COVID-19 aid.

He had advocated for a "clean" Ukraine bill repeatedly in speeches in the Senate. 

Some Democrats, such as #2 Senator Dick Durban, weren't happy with the decision.

"It would have been so much better for us to protect the United States as well as worked to protect Ukraine," said Durban.

He added that separating Ukraine aid from COVID-19 aid "doesn't help.

"Putting those two together would have been a positive."

Biden owned stripping the COVID relief from the bill, saying on Monday that he was advised it would slow down action "on the urgently needed Ukrainian aid."

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