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Funds and Resources For Ukraine Support Dwindle
US Officials Issue Warning
The United States is facing a critical shortage of funds and time in its efforts to assist Ukraine in defending itself against Russian aggression, according to a letter from Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young.
In the letter addressed to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and other congressional leaders, Young warned that by the end of the year, the US would no longer have the financial means to send weapons and provide assistance to Ukraine. This predicament could leave Ukraine unable to continue its fight against Russian forces.
Young emphasized that the US has already depleted its resources for bolstering Ukraine's economy, adding that the situation is dire. The Biden administration had previously requested nearly $106 billion from Congress last October to support Ukraine, Israel, and enhance US border security.
Allocating funds for Ukraine has become a contentious issue within Congress, particularly among right-leaning lawmakers in the narrowly Republican-controlled body.
However, Young stressed in her letter, which was released by the White House, that cutting off funding and halting the supply of weapons to Ukraine would ultimately play into Russia's hands on the battlefield.
"I want to be clear: without congressional action, by the end of the year, we will run out of resources to procure more weapons and equipment for Ukraine, to provide equipment from U.S. military stocks," Young wrote. "There is no magical pot of funding available to meet this moment. We are out of money — and nearly out of time."
To highlight the significance of continued funding, Young also underscored the potential benefits for important political swing states and Republican strongholds leading up to the 2024 election. She noted that contracts with companies in Alabama, Texas, Georgia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Michigan could be secured using the allocated funds.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner expressed concerns last week, describing Congress's hesitation to provide aid as a tragic mistake. "I think if Congress doesn't provide aid before Christmas, it would be a historic mistake," Warner cautioned, echoing warnings he had made to US officials earlier this year.
The urgency of the situation has been further highlighted in a recent report by The Washington Post, which outlines the precarious position Ukraine finds itself in due to the lack of financial support. The report underscores the importance of swift action by Congress to ensure Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.
As the clock ticks and tensions rise, it is crucial for Congress to act promptly to secure the necessary funds to aid Ukraine. Failure to do so could have far-reaching consequences, not only for Ukraine but also for regional stability and the United States' global standing