White House Urges Congress For More Money For Ukraine Aid

Dayana Sabatin

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy is set to address U.S. senators via video in a classified briefing on Tuesday, coinciding with the Biden administration's push for Congress to approve a nearly $106 billion request for funds for conflicts in Ukraine, Israel, and other security priorities.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Zelenskyy's participation, emphasizing the urgency of supporting Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion. The administration has warned that without swift approval, Ukraine's war effort could face serious setbacks. The briefing will also feature insights from top national security officials, including secretaries of Defense and State.

In a public letter, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young highlighted a critical funding shortage, indicating that the U.S. is on the verge of running out of resources for providing weapons and assistance to Ukraine by year-end. Young stressed the potential collapse of Ukraine's economy, stating that without financial support, their ability to resist would be compromised.

President Biden's proposed aid package has encountered challenges on Capitol Hill, with growing GOP skepticism and demands for U.S.-Mexico border policy changes as a condition for assistance.

Despite bipartisan calls to support Ukraine within the 50-nation coalition, negotiations stalled over the weekend on border security provisions. Talks are expected to resume this week, with a test vote scheduled for Wednesday. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell affirmed his party's ongoing participation in the discussions.

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