President Joe Biden launched a press release on Saturday calling the passage of a stopgap funding measure “good news,” however criticized that it had no funding for Ukraine.
“We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted,” Biden mentioned in a press release.
While the Speaker and the overwhelming majority of Congress have been steadfast of their help for Ukraine, there is no such thing as a new funding on this settlement to proceed that help.
I totally anticipate the Speaker will maintain his dedication to the individuals of Ukraine and safe passage of the help wanted to assist Ukraine at this crucial second.
The House handed the stopgap measure, often called a seamless decision, on the eve of the brand new fiscal yr.
The CR continues to fund the federal government at 2023 ranges, and would give the House 45 days to move 2024 authorities spending payments.
The CR not containing Ukraine help was a victory for conservatives who oppose extra spending on Ukraine help. So far, since final February, the U.S. has accredited sending $113 billion. The Biden administration is pushing for $24 billion extra, for a complete of $135 billion. That cash would final via the tip of 2023, and doesn’t embody any 2024 requests.
Biden’s Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, additionally referred to as on Congress to move extra help to Ukraine.
“I welcome congressional action tonight to avert an unnecessary and destructive government shutdown that would have had a profound impact on the lives [of] our troops and civilians who work and sacrifice to defend this country every day. But I also urge Congress to live up to America’s commitment to provide urgently-needed assistance to the people of Ukraine as they fight to defend their own country against the forces of tyranny. America must live up to its word and continue to lead,” he mentioned in a press release.