US Senate approves $13.6 billion in emergency funding due to war in Ukraine

11 March 2022, 05:23 PM

An emergency aid package of $13.6 billion to assist the Ukrainian government was passed on March 10 following a U.S. Senate vote on a $1.5 trillion dollar spending package. 

Of the $13.6 billion, $6.5 billion will be provided to the Pentagon, including $3 billion to support U.S. forces in Europe and $3.5 billion to replace weapons transferred to Ukraine. The State Department will then receive $4 billion, including for aid for refugees, economic assistance to the region, and foreign military funding.

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will receive $2.8 billion, mostly for immediate humanitarian aid. Other funding is provided to enforce sanctions and media coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill on March 9. U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill, passing it into law.

Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine has lasted for more than two weeks: Friday, March 11 is the 16th day of the invasion.

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