Yes I know that I bitch about all taxpayer’s money being sent to Ukraine in their struggle….and guess what?
Even more money being funneled into Ukraine……
The US Congress is doing its part to piss away needed funds…..
Congressional negotiators agreed to include nearly $12 billion in new spending on the war in Ukraine in a stopgap spending bill that will likely be voted on this week, Reuters reported on Monday.
Sources told Reuters that the $12 billion will include $4.5 billion in funding for arms being sent to Ukraine and $2.7 billion for other military and intelligence support for Ukraine. The funding also includes $4.5 billion in direct budgetary aid for the Ukrainian government.
A source told The Associated Press that the stopgap bill is meant to fund the federal government through mid-December and could be brought to the Senate for a vote as soon as Tuesday evening.
The funds for Ukraine largely fall in line with a request made by President Biden. The White House asked Congress to authorize $11.7 billion in spending for Ukraine and for $2 billion for energy spending to offset the cost of the sanctions campaign against Moscow.
If the measure is passed, it will bring the total US expenditures for the war in Ukraine to about $65.6 billion. Including the $2 billion in energy spending to offset sanctions brings the total to $67.6 billion. To put the figure in perspective, Russia’s entire annual military budget for 2021 was $65.9 billion.
he Ukraine aid is not meant to last very long. When requesting the funds, the White House said it was needed for the first three months of the 2023 fiscal year, which starts on October 1 for the federal government. Ukraine is preparing to launch more counteroffensive next year and has asked the US to provide more advanced weaponry.
You would think that the US has spent enough cash on this war….if so then you would be sadly mistaken….
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that the US committed an additional $457.5 million in “civilian security assistance” that will go toward the country’s law enforcement agencies.
Blinken said that the new aid brings the total funds for Ukrainian law enforcement committed by the US to $645 million since last December. He said that funding has gone to the National Police of Ukraine and Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service.
The aid includes personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and armored vehicles. Blinken said the new funding would also go toward investigating alleged Russian war crimes in areas of Ukraine.
Aid for Ukraine is still being pulled from the $40 billion bill President Biden signed back in May. But Congress has reportedly agreed to include $12 billion in new Ukraine aid in a government funding bill that will be voted on this week.
The plans for new aid come as Ukraine is asking the US for more advanced and longer-range weapons. Blinken said Sunday that conversations on what weapons to provide Ukraine next are “ongoing.” US support for Ukraine shows no sign of slowing down despite the risk of provoking Moscow and President Vladimir Putin’s recent warning regarding nuclear weapons.
Is this truly money well spent?
If you think so then why?
Will the purse strings ever close on this situation?
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9 thoughts on “Yet More Cash For Ukraine”
I was wondering yesterday about the 5 million-plus refugees from Ukraine who are living in other countries. We never hear a word about them these days, and it would be interesting to know who is financing their lives outside of Ukraine.
After all, that figure is the same as the entire population of Ireland, so it must be a huge expense.
Best wishes, Pete.
You and me and all the rest of the responsible bloggers need to start blogging about the desperate need for a withdrawal plan for the United States from this mess in Ukraine.
I agree….I will work on a post….chuq
Democrats have always been known for throwing good money after bad – and here we go again.
I cannot agree…they both, parties, are experts at that….look at Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years….they all agreed to those conflicts….only time Repubs do not take credit is election time. chuq
I didn’t just mean in war. They do it for foreign-aid and even homefront projects.
I have no problem with home front projects as long as the country moves forward….all we have now is poking the different bears and funding stuff that benefits no one but the oligarchs. chuq
My point – we are not moving forward – as far as I can see.
This country stopped moving forward in 1980….and it has been in decline ever since. chuq