Biden calls Congress to pass Ukraine aid before new Covid funding – What We Know!

President Joe Biden urged Congress on Monday to rapidly approve a multibillion-dollar assist bundle for Ukraine earlier than making an attempt to move a brand new spherical of Covid-19 funding, warning that U.S. assist for that nation’s fighters has almost been exhausted.

Biden’s new place marked a reversal from his insistence final month that the navy assist and the pandemic funding be bundled collectively. Decoupling the 2 payments considerably will increase the possibilities Congress will move the $33 billion in requested Ukraine funding, whereas dimming hope for the $10 billion in Covid aid funds Biden stated are crucial to produce up to date vaccines and photographs for the autumn.

“Beforehand, I had advisable that Congress take overdue motion on much-needed funding for COVID therapies, vaccines and checks, as a part of the Ukraine Supplemental invoice,” Biden stated in a press release launched by the White Home.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks throughout a Rose Backyard occasion on the White Home in Washington, Could 9, 2022.

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“Nonetheless, I’ve been knowledgeable by Congressional leaders in each events that such an addition would decelerate motion on the urgently wanted Ukrainian assist — a view expressed strongly by a number of Congressional Republicans,” Biden stated.

“We can’t afford delay on this important warfare effort,” he stated. “Therefore, I’m ready to simply accept that these two measures transfer individually, in order that the Ukrainian assist invoice can get to my desk immediately.”

Biden on April 28 had requested Congress to allocate $33 billion meant to cowl humanitarian and navy assist to Ukraine by means of September. Underneath Biden’s proposal, almost two-thirds of that sum would go towards safety and navy help for Ukraine because it fends off invading Russian forces.

In his assertion Monday, Biden stated the extra funding is each crucial and pressing, with cash for shipments to Ukraine set to expire in 10 days’ time. “I’ve almost exhausted the sources given to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to assist Ukraine’s fighters,” he stated.

“This assist has been essential to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield. We can’t permit our shipments of help to cease whereas we await additional Congressional motion,” Biden stated.

His assertion acknowledged that whereas there seems to be bipartisan assist for the help bundle, there isn’t any such consensus for extra Covid funding. Republicans had opposed Democrats’ efforts to pair the cash for Ukraine with the extra pandemic aid funding.

“So I name on Congress to move the Ukrainian Supplemental funding invoice instantly, and get it to my desk within the subsequent few days. After which, I urge Congress to maneuver promptly on the COVID funding invoice,” Biden stated.

He confused that extra congressional motion is required to deal with the pandemic.

“With out well timed COVID funding, extra Individuals will die needlessly,” he stated. “Within the fall, if we’re hit by new variants, it will likely be too late to get the instruments wanted for cover — essential therapies that will likely be accessible in Europe, however not the US.”