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White House Asks for Another $37 Billion in Ukraine Aid; Congress Needs to Say No
By streiff | 6:00 PM on November 15, 2022

The White House announced on Tuesday that it will seek an additional $37.7 billion in aid for Ukraine in the upcoming “lame duck” session of Congress.

According to reports, the proposed aid package would include the following:

    $21.7 billion for equipment and ammunition for Ukraine and to replenish DoD drawdowns.
    $14.5 billion for “direct budget support to Ukraine, critical wartime investments and security assistance as well as to strengthen global food security and provide humanitarian assistance.”
    $626 million for “nuclear security” in Ukraine and modernizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
    $900 million for health care and support services to Ukrainians.

Keep in mind that these numbers are “authorizations.” Before they become real, Congress has to appropriate the money.

Congress should reject this request.

As I’ve reported before, much of the funding appropriated has yet to be obligated (Defense Department Announces Another $625 Million in Ukraine Aid So Let’s Take a Look at DoD IG Report on Ukraine Spending So Far).In my view, adding more money to the existing pot is not helpful for a lot of reasons.

First, this is being rammed through a lame-duck session. That is not the way a serious government acts or a serious Congress entertains funding requests. Any proposal of this size, particularly in a critical national defense area, must have hearings, so the American public knows what the money is for. For instance, how does the Strategic Petroleum Reserve relate to anything other than Joe Biden stupidly declaring war on oil and gas?

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$21.7 billion in direct payments to DoD who will transfer old used equipment to Ukraine at a hefty retail markup.

$14.5 billion for USAID and State Department

$626 million for DoE.

$900 million for HHS.
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LOL. Instead of paying off student loans, Biden is going to launder another $40 billion thru Ukraine.

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Glenn Greenwald

US funding for war in Ukraine in 9 months:

Mar: $ 13.6 billion
May: $ 40b
Nov: $ 37.7b: Biden's new request

That $ 91.3 billion is 33% more than Russia's *total military spending for the year*

It's *double* the US's average annual expenditure for its own war in Afghanistan

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