U.S. House Passes $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

The United States House of Representatives on May 10 passed a nearly $40 billion bill to deliver aid to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

The House voted 368 to 57 — with all opposition coming from Republicans — to approve the bill that provides funding for military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

“Time is of the essence — and we cannot afford to wait. With this aid package, America sends a resounding message to the world of our unwavering determination to stand with the courageous people of Ukraine until victory is won,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

The bill now heads to the Senate before it can go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed earlier in the day that the Senate “will move swiftly” to send the measure to Biden’s desk.

According to the bill text released ahead of the House vote, the measure includes an increase in presidential drawdown authority funding from the $5 billion the Biden administration originally requested to $11 billion.

The bill also provides $6 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding, which allows the Biden administration to buy weapons from contractors and then send those weapons to Ukraine.

To boost Ukrainian refugee assistance, the measure provides $900 million t including housing, trauma support, and English language instruction.

The measure also provides an additional $500 million for public health and medical support for Ukrainians fleeing the country from the war.

The bill also includes nearly $6 billion to help restock U.S. equipment that has been delivered to Ukraine.

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