White House strives for more Ukraine aid amid Congressional stalemate

John Kirby
John Kirby

The Biden administration is actively seeking additional ways to provide urgent aid to Ukraine as the House of Representatives stalls on approving more assistance, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby emphasized during an April 2 briefing.

"We've already executed some emergency measures," Kirby said.

"You saw that the Pentagon was able to cobble together $300 million to support them [Ukrainian forces] in an emergency aid package. We're going to continue to look and see what more we can do."

The U.S. government is still hampered by the need for legislative approval for supplemental funding, Kirby said.

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Responding to questions regarding whether there is a "deadline" prompting additional action to support Ukraine, he said that this deadline passed long ago when Biden's administration submitted a request to Congress for a supplemental.

Ukrainian commanders on the ground are making difficult decisions on how to conserve ammunition and maintain positions due to the inaction of the House of Representatives, Kirby said.

Blocking the bill on funding Ukraine in the United States - what is known

The U.S. Senate passed a $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, with $60 billion allocated for Kyiv on Feb. 13. House Speaker Mike Johnson criticized the Senate proposal the same day, saying that he would not bring the Senate-supported bill to the floor for consideration.

Johnson promised a “timely” vote on extending aid to Ukraine following a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Feb. 27.

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Biden signed on March 23 a package of bills funding government agencies totaling $1.2 trillion, which had been supported by the House of Representatives and the Senate shortly before. He called on the House to pass the bill providing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

The upcoming bill on aid to Ukraine, set for a post-Easter recess vote, will incorporate “some important innovations,” Johnson said on March 31.

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