The White House on Monday issued an urgent warning to Congress that more aid is needed for Ukraine’s war with Russia, with Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young bluntly writing that the US “has no money” in a letter to congressional leaders. Support Ukraine in this war.
In the letter, Young wrote, “Without congressional action, we will run out of resources to purchase more weapons and equipment for Ukraine by the end of the year, and to deliver equipment from the U.S. military stockpile.”
“There is no magic funding to meet this moment. We have no money — and almost no time,” he said, adding that “Congress must decide whether we continue to fight for freedom around the world or ignore the lessons we’ve learned from history.” [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and autocracy prevail.
The Biden administration’s request for nearly $106 billion for Ukraine, Israel and other needs has stalled on Capitol Hill.
The White House has struggled to win Republican support for continued aid to Ukraine, with GOP members of the House and Senate expressing skepticism about the amount of funding and how it will be allocated. Republicans have tried to tie US-Mexico border policy changes to aid negotiations.
The Biden administration’s request includes about $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $14 billion for immigration priorities and $10 billion for humanitarian aid, as well as more funding to counter China’s influence in Asia and developing countries.
Without congressional action to continue the flow of U.S. military equipment and resources to Ukraine, Young wrote, it would “bring Ukraine to its knees on the battlefield, not only jeopardizing Ukraine’s gains, but increasing the likelihood of Russian military victories.”
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Similar letters were sent to Schumer (DN.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and House Minority Leader Hakim, the White House said. Jeffries (DNY.).