White House $47B supplemental request seeks COVID, Ukraine funding – JP
“As we’ve been clear with members of Congress for months, every dollar of COVID response is either obligated, being executed or planned for specific purposes,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on a conference call. “If they do not give us the funding we have asked for it will force us to make very difficult trade-offs and pull from existing planned uses to meet the needs of the American people.”
The administration is also seeking $4.5 billion to battle the spread of the monkeypox virus, with $600 million of that total devoted to international efforts.
Ukraine would receive $11.7 billion under the White House proposal, with $7.2 billion in military aid — including for replenishment of U.S. weapons and equipment stocks sent to help combat Russian aggression — and $4.5 billion in direct budget support to the Ukrainian government. Young said about two-thirds of previously appropriated funds have been spent, with the remainder expected to run out by the end of September.
“We have rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and we cannot allow that support to Ukraine to run dry,” Young wrote in her blog post.
A separate $2 billion is intended to offset domestic energy cost increases as a result of the Ukraine conflict, including funds to purchase uranium for U.S. nuclear reactors and to shore up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which the administration has been tapping to help ease gasoline price rises.