Consideration of the bill was blocked by a Republican senator, who saw the risks of rising inflation due to the cost of supporting Ukraine and demanded amendments. As a result, the blocking was bypassed using procedural steps
Most U.S. senators back $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, broadcast by C-SPAN. Now the law will be sent to President Joe Biden for signature.
As Bloomberg wrote, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance to Kyiv, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion will be spent on replenishment of weapons stocks from the Pentagon, and $4 billion are intended for other countries supplying weapons to Ukraine.
The global food and humanitarian aid, which will be managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will take $4.35 billion, and $700 million — for global food funding from the State Department.
The House of Representatives approved the initiative on May 11. However, its consideration in the Senate was blocked due to the position of Senator Rand Paul, who demanded amendments. As Paul noted, if the bill is passed, the total assistance to Ukraine since last year will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department budget. Such a volume could accelerate the rapid growth of inflation, he explained. The senator demanded that the bill be amended and that the Office of the Inspector General be required to control spending in Ukraine.
However, Paul's amendment was never passed, his objection was overcome thanks to special procedural steps taken by Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, CNN reported.< /p>
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Initially, in late April, Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine “in its struggle for freedom,” but Congress proposed increasing the amount to $40 billion, adding money for food aid and military equipment. On May 10, the American leader asked for the bill to be passed as soon as possible, since the aid already allocated will end “in about 10 days.” continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country. He also suggested that “divide the hunters” this money in the American military-industrial complex will be a lot.
In March, Biden signed a law on the allocation of $ 13.6 billion to Ukraine for military equipment and training of the Ukrainian military, as well as to help Ukrainian refugees at home and abroad.
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