Biden signs $40bn Ukraine aid bill

21 May, 04:29 PM
U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

U.S. President Joe Biden has signed into law a bill which will provide $40 billion in military and financial aid to Ukraine, the White House said on May 21.

“On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the President signed into law: H.R. 7691, the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022,” which provides supplemental emergency appropriations for fiscal year 2022 to Federal agencies to respond to the situation in, and for assistance to, Ukraine,” the message reads.

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On May 9, Biden signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act into law, which activates the lend-lease program for military hardware for the first time since World War 2. Lend-lease lifts many of the restrictions on weapons exports to Ukraine, and provides easy financing methods for obtaining equipment.

H.R. 7691 was introduced to the House the next day, on May 10, and passed on a vote of 368 - 57. On May 19, the Senate passed the bill on a vote of 86-11. 

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