House set to vote on $40 billion Ukraine aid bill on Tuesday

Lawmakers unveiled the text of the bill on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected later in the day on the legislation, which is expected to have bipartisan support. Aid to Ukraine has been a rare bright spot of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, with Democrats and Republicans largely rallying around a call to help the nation in the face of the Russian onslaught.

The bill the House will vote on provides funding for a long list of priorities, including military and humanitarian aid.

Among the legislation’s allocations for defense is $6 billion to help Ukraine’s military and national security forces, according to a fact sheet released by House Democrats. Spending will go towards training, weapons, equipment, logistics and intelligence support as well as other needs.

There will also be nearly $9 billion to help restock US equipment that has been sent to Ukraine. It comes as many lawmakers have raised concerns about replacing US stockpiles of weapons the United States is giving Ukraine, particularly stingers and javelin missiles.

The bill includes an increase in funding for the presidential levy authority from the $5 billion originally requested by the Biden administration to $11 billion. Funding from the Presidential Withdrawal Authority allows the administration to send military equipment and weapons from U.S. stockpiles. This was one of the main ways in which the administration quickly provided military equipment to Ukrainians during the last 75 days of the conflict in Ukraine.

In the additional aid to Ukraine that was signed into law in mid-March, $3 billion of this type of funding was included. The Biden administration has used this funding to provide military assistance to Ukraine under a series of presidential withdrawal authorization programs. The last $150 million package was authorized on May 6.

The bill also includes $6 billion in funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, another way the Biden administration has provided Ukraine with military assistance. USAI funding allows the administration to purchase weapons from contractors and then supply those weapons to Ukraine, so this method does not draw directly from U.S. stockpiles.

To address humanitarian needs, the bill will include $900 million to boost refugee assistance, including housing, trauma support and English education for Ukrainians fleeing the country.

The measure provides an additional $54 million to be used for public health and medical support for Ukrainian refugees.

“This monumental package of security, economic and humanitarian aid will be on the floor tonight, where we hope to get a strong bipartisan vote,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday after the text of the bill was released. law Project.

“This package, which builds on the strong support already secured by Congress, will be essential in helping Ukraine defend not just its nation, but democracy for the world,” Pelosi said.

The Democratic Senate leadership has indicated that the chamber will consider the bill expeditiously once it passes the House.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier Tuesday that after the House passes the nearly $40 billion emergency relief package for Ukraine, the Senate “will act quickly” to pass the program and send it to President Joe Biden’s office.

The House vote comes after Biden called on Congress to “immediately” pass a new Ukrainian aid bill, warning that existing aid would soon run out.

“Bring it to my office in the next few days,” Biden said in a statement Monday.

Biden previously urged Congress to pass additional funding for pandemic relief and new Ukraine aid in the same bill.

But he said on Monday that congressional leaders had told him to decouple the effort in order to get aid to Ukraine faster. Congressional Republicans had insisted that the two issues proceed on separate legislative tracks.

Biden initially asked for $33 billion to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia, but Congress has offered billions more for food aid and military equipment.

“We cannot afford to delay this vital war effort,” Biden said in the statement. “Therefore, I am ready to accept that these two measures evolve separately, so that the Ukrainian aid bill can arrive on my desk immediately.”

This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.

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


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