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‘About $45 billion’ in new Ukraine aid tucked into omnibus bill

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos | Responsible Statecraft | December 20, 2022

According to reports overnight, House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to an omnibus package —a massive spending bill to keep the government going after Friday and into next year — that includes “about $45 billion” in new Ukraine aid. That’s eight billion more than what President Biden was reportedly asking for to finish out the year.

If it passes, that will mean U.S. assistance to Ukraine in its war against Russia will top out at more than $100 billion for the year. This includes humanitarian/economic aid as well as the steady flow of weapons into that country since Putin declared his “special operation” and invaded Ukraine in February.

To put this into context, Russia’s projected defense budget for 2023 is $84 billion.

There are no new details at this time but this will be the fourth package for Ukraine. The first was after the invasion in March for $13.6 billion, the second was $40 billion in May and the third was $12.3 billion, which was attached to the continuing resolution in September to keep the current budget going. Altogether, the three packages total some $65 billion.

Of that, according to CSIS defense analyst Mark Cancian, nearly $30 billion has been military aid, including direct short and long term support to Ukraine, U.S. military operations in the region, and “general support” that is “tangentially related to Ukraine.”

As of this writing, we do not know the breakdown of the new $45 billion package, how much is military, or where it would go, but if you want to see where the money has been going since February, my colleague Connor Echols has been keeping with each new disbursement of the military aid, here.

December 20, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism | ,

1 Comment »

  1. “House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to an omnibus package —a massive spending bill to keep the government going after Friday and into next year — that includes “about $45 billion” in new Ukraine aid. That’s eight billion more than what President Biden was reportedly asking for to finish out the year.”

    Why should the American Tax Payer (Not the American Tax avoider) have to subsidise a war in Ukraine against Russia?
    I’ll bet that Americans living on the streets would love to get that “subsidy”
    Imagine that $45 BILLION going into home construction in the USA (to BOOST the American economy) rather than to boost the profits of American Arms dealers?

    Too bad for Americans, to expect the Government to have some compassion for THEM…..

    Like

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 20, 2022 | Reply


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