White House Asks Congress for Nearly $12 Billion More for Ukraine Aid

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 3, 2022 Updated: September 3, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration has asked Congress for nearly $12 billion in additional funding for Ukraine, on top of tens of billions the United States has already committed.

The administration wants $11.7 billion for “security and economic assistance” to be delivered in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023, which starts on Oct. 1, 2022.

“President Biden has been clear that the United States is committed to continuing to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their sovereignty,” White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young said in a statement on Sept. 2.

Russia, on orders from President Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine in February.

The Executive Branch has already disbursed or committed roughly three-quarters of the funding Congress has already approved, which includes a $40 billion package that Biden signed in May, according to White House officials.

The outlay has included $4.5 billion to help keep the Ukrainian government functioning and billions in arms and other military equipment.

The funding was only expected to last through September, making the fresh request not unexpected, Young, a Biden appointee, said.

“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. The people of Ukraine have inspired the world, and the Administration remains committed to supporting the Ukrainian people as they continue to stand resolute and display extraordinary courage in the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion,” she said.

A bipartisan vote passed the $40 billion package, though no members of Congress appeared to react favorably yet to the new request.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) offered criticism.

“This is obscene. I won’t be voting for $13+ billion more for Ukraine or $15+ billion more for pharmaceutical companies,” he said in a statement.

Other Requests

The White House is also asking for additional funds, including $2 billion “to help address the impacts Putin’s war has had on domestic energy supply and reduce energy costs in the future.”

The administration also wants more funding for COVID-19-related priorities, such as testing, accelerating research into better vaccines and treatments, and to help other countries deal with the disease.

In addition, the request asks for nearly $4 billion for a monkeypox response. The administration says it would spend the bulk of the money on vaccines, tests, and treatments.

The fourth prong of the request was for money to help states, tribes, and territories recover from recent flooding and other natural disasters.

“This Administration will continue to work with members of both parties in Congress to meet these critical needs for the American people, and we look forward to reaching a bipartisan funding agreement that advances national priorities in the coming fiscal year,” Young said.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.