US nears ‘end of road’ on Ukraine support without more funding, White House warns

The White House is warning that America could soon lose the ability to provide Ukraine's defense forces with the weapons and ammunition they need if Congress does not act to pass the supplemental funding bill proposed by President Joe Biden last month.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday that Biden still wants Congress to move funding for Ukraine, Israel, defense needs in the Indo-Pacific and U.S. border security into the single package that submitted by the president on October 20, the following day. delivered an Oval Office speech in which he urged the US legislature to maintain “American leadership” in the world by supporting Ukraine and Israel in their defense struggles against Russia and Hamas.

The $105 billion package would provide Kiev with $60 billion in defense aid, plus $14 billion to Israel, with the funds going largely to US arms manufacturers to pay for replenishing stocks of withdrawn weapons and ammunition to supply both US allies.

Just a month after Mr. Biden sought the emergency funding measure, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has not moved to take up his request, although members of the Democratic-controlled Senate have begun working on a compromise to border funding that could allow Mr. Biden's Israel and Ukraine priorities to be funded in turn.

But Ukraine defense funding faces a difficult road in the House, where a significant number of hard-line Republicans have refused to support more funding to Kiev because doing so would give Biden a victory.

Mr Kirby said the lack of action by Congress so far is forcing “tough decisions” to be made about the packages the US has provided in recent months because of the shrinking amount of money the Defense Department can legally spend to support the effort. of Kiev.

“They are nearing the end of the road … and Ukraine continues to be engaged in an active dynamic struggle on this entire front,” from the Donbas south to Zaporizhia and Kherson, he said. “It is an active battlefront and our ability to continue to support Ukraine is increasingly at risk if we do not receive the additional funding.”

Mr Kirby added that “there should be no reason” why members of Congress should not be able to act on Ukraine's defense funding if they “believe in US national security”.