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Top White House Official Says There’s Almost no Money Left to Help Ukraine Fight Russia

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White House officials have warned that the United States doesn’t have enough time and money to continue helping Ukraine’s war efforts against Russia.

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It’s been almost 2 years since Russia invaded Ukraine as the war between them rapidly escalated. Since the war began, many countries, including the United States, have provided aid to Ukraine.

President Joe Biden has been vocal about where the US stands on helping Ukraine in the war. His administration asked Congress for over $100 billion to fund big plants for Ukraine, Israel and US border security. However, the Republicans who have more control in the House said no.

White House budget director Shalanda Young wrote a letter to the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives and other congressional leaders.

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She warned them that time was running out, and Ukraine would suffer a huge disadvantage if they didn’t get funding. Young also said that Russia would most likely dominate and defeat Ukraine in more battles.

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“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 and to provide equipment from U.S. military stocks,” she wrote. “There is no magical pot of funding available to meet this moment. We are out of money — and nearly out of time.”

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the US Congress has approved over $110 billion in aid for Ukraine. However, that tap was shut off when the Republicans became the majority in the House.

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The last time the United States provided any funding for Ukraine was way back in December 2022. The House and Senate approved $45 billion in military, financial and humanitarian aid.

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Mike Johnson posted on social media saying that Democratic president Joe Biden hasn’t effectively addressed the concerns Republicans have about Ukraine. He also said that the government needed to review its border policies.

“We believe both issues can be agreed upon if Senate Democrats and the White House will negotiate reasonably,” Johnson wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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There’s no guarantee the United States will provide aid to Ukraine anytime soon. Especially since the House rejected the Biden administration’s request. Also, the House recently approved funding for Israel but not Ukraine.

Shalanda Young also sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries.

“Now it’s up to Congress. Congress has to decide whether to continue to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine … or whether Congress will ignore the lessons we’ve learned from history and let Putin prevail. It is that simple,” Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.

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Unfortunately for the current administration, Mitch McConnell rejected the strategy.

“Instead of engaging actively in the border security discussions required to complete a viable national security supplemental, the Biden administration has chosen to lecture – lecture – Congress with a brag reel of its supposed leadership in countering Putin in Europe,” he said in remarks on the Senate floor.

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