Biden is expected to request $100 billion for Israel, Ukraine and other crises. | ET REALITY


President Biden is expected to ask Congress in the coming days to approve about $100 billion in emergency funding to arm Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan and strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several people familiar with the plan.

The funding request, which lawmakers expect to receive Friday morning, would cover a full year and is intended to insulate security funding from partisan spending battles that have paralyzed recent efforts to supply Ukraine with weapons and other of assistance to repel a Russian invasion. .

The package is expected to include about $10 billion in mostly military assistance to help Israel, as well as about $60 billion for Ukraine, according to aides familiar with the discussions, who described the emerging proposal on condition of anonymity. because it hasn’t been published yet. Announced. The rest of the $100 billion is expected to go toward border security and helping bolster the defenses of Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region to better counter threats from China.

Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech Thursday night from the Oval Office on the U.S. response to the wars in Israel and Ukraine.

Over the past week, senior White House officials and Senate leaders have signaled their intention to tie aid to multiple national security goals. The strategy reflects the growing urgency surrounding the war in Ukraine and the sudden outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas.

They are pursuing a big aid package despite objections from Republicans in the House, where most GOP members enthusiastically support equipping Israel with weapons to fight Hamas but have balked at continuing to send military assistance. to Ukraine for its fight against Russian aggression.

Last month, a majority of House Republicans voted against continuing a $300 million program to train and equip Ukrainian fighters. While the measure ultimately passed with Democratic support, the vote reflected a decline in GOP support for aid to Ukraine. Some Republican lawmakers argue that doing so diverts money from domestic security concerns and could bring the United States closer to direct confrontation with Russia.

Republicans in both the Senate and House have insisted they would need concessions from Democrats to support additional funding for Ukraine, including strict restrictions on immigration and funding for border security. Achieving that became easier in recent days. after the Biden administration announced it would revive construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

On Wednesday, some Republicans expressed cautious support for the idea of ​​a combined national security package.

“From what I know generally, I would be inclined to do it, assuming the border security part is actual border security,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, told reporters Wednesday.

But it is unclear how quickly Congress could pass such a bill. Legislative activity in the House has been stalled for more than two weeks as Republican lawmakers struggle to elect a speaker.

In the Senate, however, leaders promise to move quickly on the measure.

“I asked Secretary Austin when he needs funding for our ongoing efforts. His answer was very clear: yesterday,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, told reporters after a classified briefing on Capitol Hill with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and other top defense officials. , diplomatic and intelligence.

“The Senate will not wait” to act on such requests, Schumer added. The New York Democrat has previously said that he intends to bring an emergency national security spending package to the Senate floor within a couple of weeks.

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