President Biden is set to request an additional $13 billion in security funding for Ukraine from Congress, according to sources cited by The Associated Press.
This request comes as part of the ongoing efforts to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
The Biden administration is also expected to seek $12 billion to replenish federal disaster relief funds.
If approved, this additional funding would bring the total U.S. contributions to Ukraine’s war effort to over $123 billion.
However, this funding request comes at a time when some Americans and members of Congress are growing more skeptical about providing large grants to Ukraine.
While Biden has previously requested substantial funding for Ukraine, the current political landscape, including a Republican-led House of Representatives, could pose challenges to a swift approval of this funding request.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy has indicated his hesitation to bring a supplemental Ukraine funding bill to the floor, and many conservatives have voiced concerns about allocating more money to Ukraine without clear accountability measures.
Despite the potential obstacles, Biden’s push for additional funding aligns with Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to counter Russia’s invasion.
Ukraine’s counteroffensive has faced challenges due to minefields and entrenched Russian forces.
The country heavily relies on Western-provided equipment, including German-made Leopard II tanks and U.S.-supplied artillery and air defenses.
The U.S. is also in the process of providing M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, and Ukrainian pilots are being trained to operate F-16 fighter jets.
As tensions continue in the region, the debate over funding for Ukraine remains a point of contention both within Congress and among the American public..