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Foreign Aid Bills Would Send $95 Billion to Ukraine, Israel, Indo-Pacific

The House foreign aid package bill to be voted on Saturday would allocate a combined $95 billion to Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific region, with Ukraine accounting for the lion’s share of $60.84 billion.

House Republicans join Appropriations Committee released Wednesday’s memo provided a breakdown of funding for the three bills included in the package, which President Joe Biden quickly endorsed. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) has combined the three bills into one rule, which, if passed Saturday, would remove votes on all three bills.

ukraine

Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act; teeth The spending document lists the largest amount at about $61 billion to “address the conflict in Ukraine and support regional partners against Russia.”

This diagram includes:

• $23.2 billion to replenish defense articles and services provided to Ukraine.
• $11.3 billion for current U.S. military operations in the region.
• $13.8 billion for procurement of advanced weapons systems, defense articles, and defense services.
• $26 million to continue monitoring and accountability for aid and equipment provided.
Ukraine.

The bill “requires an agreement on the repayment of economic assistance by the Government of Ukraine,” the document states.

Israel

25 pages of Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act will do The House Republican Appropriations Committee wrote that it would allocate $26.38 billion “to support Israel’s efforts to defend itself against Iran and its proxies and to reimburse U.S. military operations in response to recent attacks.”

The breakdown of expenditures is as follows.

– $4 billion to replenish the Iron Dome and David Thring missile defense systems.
• $1.2 billion for iron beam defense systems to counter short-range rockets and mortars.
threat.
• $3.5 billion for the procurement of advanced weapons systems, defense articles, and weapons.
Defense Services through the Foreign Military Financing Program.
• $1 billion to enhance production and development of artillery and critical weapons.
• $4.4 billion to replenish defense articles and services provided to Israel.
• $2.4 billion for current U.S. military operations in the region in response to recent events.
attack

The bill would also block funds from going to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

indo-pacific

third and final bill teeth The 15-page Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriation allocates $8.12 billion to “countering Communist China,” including $2 billion in remittances to Taiwan.

The breakdown is as follows:

• $3.3 billion for subsea infrastructure development, including dry dock investments;
construction.
• $2 billion in foreign military financing programs for Taiwan and other key allies.
Indo-Pacific security partners confronting Chinese aggression.
• $1.9 billion to replenish Taiwan and defense articles and services provided to Taiwan.
Regional partners.
• $542 million to strengthen U.S. military capabilities in the region.
• $133 million to enhance production and development of artillery and critical weapons.

It would also make military loans and loan guarantees more flexible, according to the Republican Appropriations Committee.

Mr. Biden supported the package because Mr. Johnson’s aim to combine multiple bills into a single set of rules has led to growing dissatisfaction within the chamber.

In addition, some Republicans have criticized the lack of border security legislation in the bill, and a growing number of them have publicly expressed opposition to Johnson’s rule, forcing them to pass the bill and vote on it. This means that support from the Democratic Party will be needed to lift the ban.

Meanwhile, he faces calls for his resignation from Rep. Thomas Massey (R-Ky.), who co-sponsored Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) motion to resign against Mr. Johnson on Tuesday. .

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