Home passes $40 billion Ukraine help invoice

All 57 votes in opposition had been from Republicans.

The measure will subsequent should be handed by the Senate earlier than it might probably go to President Joe Biden to be signed into legislation.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer stated earlier within the day on Tuesday that after the Home authorized the package deal, the Senate “will transfer swiftly” to get the measure handed and despatched to Biden’s desk.

Assist to Ukraine has been a uncommon shiny spot of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill with Democrats and Republicans largely rallying round a name to assist the nation because it faces Russian assault.

Lawmakers unveiled invoice textual content earlier within the day forward of the Home vote. The laws the Home authorized gives funding for a protracted checklist of priorities, together with army and humanitarian help.

The invoice consists of a rise in presidential drawdown authority funding from the $5 billion the Biden administration initially requested to $11 billion. Presidential drawdown authority funding permits the administration to ship army tools and weapons from US shares. This has been one of many foremost methods the administration has offered Ukrainians with army tools shortly over the previous 75 days of the battle in Ukraine.

Within the Ukraine help supplemental that was signed into legislation in mid-March, $3 billion in this sort of funding was included. The Biden administration has been utilizing that funding to supply army help to Ukraine in a sequence of presidential drawdown authority packages. The newest package deal of $150 million was licensed on Could 6.

The invoice additionally gives $6 billion in Ukraine Safety Help Initiative funding, one other method the Biden administration has been offering Ukraine with army help. USAI funding permits the administration to purchase weapons from contractors after which present these weapons to Ukraine, so this technique doesn’t draw instantly from US shares.

In keeping with a reality sheet from Home Democrats, the funding will likely be used to help Ukrainian army and nationwide safety forces and can go towards weapons, tools, coaching, logistics and intelligence help in addition to different wants.

There may also be roughly $9 billion to assist restock US tools that has been despatched to Ukraine. That comes as many lawmakers have raised issues about changing US shares of weapons the US is giving to Ukraine, particularly stingers and javelin missiles.

To deal with humanitarian wants, the invoice will embrace $900 million to bolster refugee help, together with housing, trauma help, and English language instruction for Ukrainians fleeing the nation.

The measure gives a further $54 million that will likely be used for public well being and medical help for Ukrainian refugees.

“This package deal, which builds on the strong help already secured by Congress, will likely be pivotal in serving to Ukraine defend not solely its nation however democracy for the world,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated in a letter to Home Democrats on Tuesday after the invoice textual content was launched.

The Home vote comes after Biden referred to as on Congress to “instantly” go a brand new Ukrainian help invoice as he warned that present help would quickly run out.

“Get it to my desk within the subsequent few days,” Biden stated in an announcement on Monday.

Biden had beforehand urged Congress to go further pandemic aid funding and the brand new help to Ukraine in the identical invoice.

However he stated on Monday that congressional leaders informed him to decouple the hassle so as to extra shortly get the help to Ukraine. Congressional Republicans had insisted on the 2 points shifting on separate legislative tracks.

Biden initially requested $33 billion to assist Ukraine because it fights Russia, however Congress has proposed billions extra for meals help and army tools.

“We can’t afford delay on this very important battle effort,” Biden stated within the assertion. “Therefore, I’m ready to simply accept that these two measures transfer individually, in order that the Ukrainian help invoice can get to my desk straight away.”

This story and headline have been up to date with further developments Tuesday.

CNN’s Kristin Wilson, Donald Judd and Ali Zaslav contributed to this report.

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