U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow Lending Weapons Systems to Ukraine

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on April 28 that would allow President Joe Biden’s administration to lend or lease weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion.

The House approved the Ukrainian Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act with a final vote of 417 to 10 after it unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month.

The bill now heads to Biden’s desk for his signature.

The legislation allows Biden to lend or lease defense equipment to Ukraine to protect civilian populations for the fiscal years 2022 and 2023 and waves prohibition that the loan or lease cannot extend beyond five years.

The legislation also slashes bureaucratic red tape to ensure that the military equipment is delivered quickly.

The bill is named for the revival of a World War II-era program that helped supply Great Britain and other U.S. allies against Nazi Germany while not actively fighting in the war.

In a statement after the House passed the bill,  U.S. Representative John Katko, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, described the legislation as “a necessary step to protect the future of Ukraine and the safety of its people.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who introduced the bill, called the legislation “a game-changer for Ukraine.”

“Ukrainian forces have demonstrated unbelievable strength and bravery, and we must again serve as the arsenal of democracy and ensure they have the full range of resources necessary to defend their sovereignty,” Cornyn said in a statement after the bill passed the House.

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