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White House urges U.S. Congress not to cut off aid to Ukraine

White House urges U.S. Congress not to cut off aid to Ukraine U.S. National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby (Photo: GettyImages)

The White House urged representatives of the U.S. Congress not to separate aid to Ukraine from the bill proposed by President Joe Biden, Kirby said.

Kirby stated that the United States has engaged in discussions and briefings with members and staff of Congress regarding the importance of additional funding and advancing all four segments – Israel, Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific region, and border security.

The White House official noted that the Biden administration is pushing for all four funding priorities to be passed by Congress as soon as possible. He added that all these issues are urgent to resolve.

What happened before

On October 1, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget bill. It did not include any new funding for assistance to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider this initiative separately.

After that, U.S. President Joe Biden proposed that Congress allocate $106 billion. Most of these funds ($60 billion) are to be used to help Ukraine. Funding for Israel, the Indo-Pacific region, and border security is also envisioned.

Politico reported that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to vote on Biden's request as early as December 4.

And House Speaker Mike Johnson called assistance to Ukraine a priority for the United States.

He expressed confidence and optimism that everything would come together in the coming days and they could successfully complete the task.