White House tells Congress U.S. is ‘out of money and nearly out of time’ to avoid ‘kneecap’ to Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden
U.S. President Joe Biden
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has sent Congress an urgent warning about the need to approve tens of billions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Ukraine, saying Kyiv’s war effort to defend itself from Russia’s invasion may grind to a halt without it, the Associated Press reported on Dec. 4.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders also released publicly, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young warned the U.S. will run out of funding to send weapons and assistance to Ukraine by the end of the year, saying that would “kneecap” Ukraine on the battlefield.

She added that the United States already has run out of money that it has used to prop up Ukraine’s economy, and “if Ukraine’s economy collapses, they will not be able to keep fighting, full stop.”

Read also: US Congress uncertain Ukraine aid bill could pass before 2024

“We are out of money — and nearly out of time.”

The letter followed a classified Capitol Hill briefing on Nov. 29 for the top House and Senate leaders on the need for the assistance. Defense and other national security officials briefed the “big four” congressional leaders as Congress is debating President Biden’s nearly $106 billion funding package, which includes $61 billion for Ukraine but has become snared by Republican demands for U.S.-Mexico border security changes.

Read also: US Senate considers voting on aid to Ukraine on Dec. 4

Biden has sought a nearly $106 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other needs on Oct. 20, but it has faced a difficult reception on Capitol Hill, where there is growing skepticism about the magnitude of assistance for Ukraine.

The House of Representatives, under new Speaker Mike Johnson, approved $14.3 billion for Israeli military aid on Nov. 2, excluding provisions for Ukraine. Senate Democrats blocked separate aid for Israel on Nov. 7.

On Nov. 3, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the United States has begun sending smaller packages of military aid to Ukraine to continue to support it while Congress is in a "stalemate" over funding.

On Nov. 9, the Pentagon said aid to Ukraine would continue in small increments until Congress approves funding.

Congress is poised to vote on a Ukraine aid package worth $61 billion only if tied to border security measures, with possible approval by Christmas, NBC reported on Nov. 19.

Read also: US-Ukraine arms conference set for historic debut next week

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Nov. 15 to support a bill for the extension of temporary government funding to prevent a possible “shutdown” without additional aid to Israel or Ukraine.

On Nov. 17, President Joe Biden signed a bill to temporarily fund the government without additional aid to Ukraine and Israel to avoid a shutdown.

The United States could delay military aid to Ukraine until mid-December or later, Bloomberg reported.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine