White House requests additional funds for Ukraine's nuclear security
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide Ukraine with an additional $35 million for nuclear security (Photo:REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert)
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide Ukraine with an additional $35 million for nuclear security, CNN reported on Sept. 28.
The funds will have to be allocated to the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, which monitors the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine. They will be directed to the purchase and maintenance of additional sensors, data assessment and analysis, as well as providing the National Guard of Ukraine with protective equipment at nuclear power plants, CNN stated.
These funds would be included in the overall $12 billion aid package the White House is asking Congress for next fiscal year.
The package passed its first hurdle on Sept. 26, when congressional negotiators were able to include the $12 billion in a new spending bill, following a request from the White House.
In order for these funds to be available in a timely fashion, Congress must pass the spending bill by Sept. 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sept. 26 that Washington would provide an additional $457.5 million in assistance to law enforcement and criminal justice in Ukraine.
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