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U.S. Congress negotiators set nearly $12 billion in new Ukraine aid -sources

Sports & General Sep 26, 2022 06:15PM ET
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© Reuters. A local resident walks past an apartment block damaged in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine September 25, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Negotiators of a stop-gap spending bill in the U.S. Congress have agreed to include nearly $12 billion in new military and economic aid to Ukraine, sources familiar with the talks said on Monday, reflecting continued bipartisan support for the Kyiv government in the wake of Russia's invasion.

In response to a request from the Biden administration, the funding would include $4.5 billion to provide defense capabilities and equipment for Ukraine, as well as $2.7 billion to continue military, intelligence and other defense support, said the sources, who asked not to be identified ahead of the announcement.

It also will include $4.5 billion to continue to provide direct budget support to the Kyiv government through the next quarter. That way President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration can pay salaries to essential staff, support Ukrainians fleeing conflict and cover other critical expenses to help civilians, a government official said.

U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress earlier this month to provide $11.7 billion in new emergency military and economic aid for Ukraine in the stopgap spending bill. There is widespread support in Congress from both Biden's fellow Democrats - who narrowly control both the House of Representatives and Senate - and Republicans for helping Ukraine to defend itself following Russia's invasion.

Congress is facing a midnight Friday deadline to pass the spending bill, which also would temporarily fund a wide range of U.S. government programs.

In addition to the previously listed funding, the package - which could be announced as soon as later on Monday - includes $2 billion for the U.S. energy industry, to address the impact of the war and reduce future energy costs.

One of the sources familiar with the package said the funding request - known as a continuing resolution - would also include resettlement funding for Afghan refugees.

In a separate, but related authorization request, a U.S. official said the Biden administration also planned to ask Congress for an additional $3.6 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorize the transfer of excess weapons from U.S. stocks.

Washington and its allies have sent billions of dollars in security and economic assistance to Ukraine during the seven-month-long war.

U.S. Congress negotiators set nearly $12 billion in new Ukraine aid -sources
 

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Christopher Arntz
Christopher Arntz Sep 26, 2022 6:25PM ET
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NO MORE. AMERICA IS BANKRUPT
R Koumjian
R Koumjian Sep 26, 2022 5:16PM ET
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We need to keep funding Ukraine
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Sep 26, 2022 4:43PM ET
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no more Ukraine funding
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 26, 2022 4:43PM ET
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unless they investigate Hunter?  yeah we heard that one before....
Tom Cur
Tom Cur Sep 26, 2022 1:50PM ET
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Poor Americans and this proxy war. Elections have consequences
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I think the sympathy should go to Putin, since he is losing the war he foolishly starrted.......
 
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