WASHINGTON, March 3 – U.S. President Joe Biden has demanded $ 32.5 billion from Congress to help Ukraine and strengthen US COVID’s response, US media reports said Thursday.
The White House is demanding $ 10 billion for emergency military assistance and assistance to the Ukrainian people after Russia’s attack last week, reports the Washington Post. The funds will help train Ukrainian troops, protect the power grid, tighten cyberdefenses and enforce sanctions, say two people familiar with the matter.
That is the $ 3.6 billion more demanded by the White House on February 25, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded neighboring Ukraine.
Another $ 22.5 billion will enhance the national epidemic response as part of a change in long-term control of COVID-19 and prepare for any possible new species and spikes in the environment, the Post said, citing a letter from the U.S. Office. Administration and budget sent to US lawmakers we received.
The White House will officially ask Congress for more money later on Thursday, he added. Punchbowl News also reported on the planned funding request.
Representatives of the White House did not respond to a request for comment.
OMB Acting Executive Director Shalanda Young has highlighted the “urgent need” for aid to Ukraine and other Central European countries, and called for a total $ 32.5 billion request to be included in Congress’ main spending bill to fund US expected government that he arrived on March 11., a book posted online by Punchbowl showed.
Lawmakers have passed a stopgap spending bill to subsidize government agencies until next Friday and must pass an alternative at that time to avoid a government shutdown.
Democrats along with Biden control both chambers of Congress.
Despite strong bipartisan support with Ukrainian aid, Republicans have refused to secure additional funding for the novel’s coronavirus, as 36 U.S. senators on Wednesday demanded a full accounting of the authorized money so far before further consideration of other state funds.