The Pentagon this week declined to provide key details about the Biden administration’s request for an additional $37.7 billion in funding to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression. US Taxpayers Help Ukraine Exceeds $100 Billion Since the war started in February.
The White House last week asked for additional funding in a letter from the Office of Management and Budget House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D – California. The letter explained that of the $37.7 billion in funding, $21.7 billion would be used for “Ukrainian equipment, the Pentagon stockpile” and other assistance to Ukraine.
But the Pentagon on Tuesday declined to answer when asked how much of that amount would go toward replenishing U.S. stocks.
“I can’t tell you how much of that $21.7 billion is being replenished,” Pentagon deputy spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said. “I can’t do it from here.”
When asked if he could “take the question back” to the Pentagon and give an answer back, Singh said he would not.
“I’m not going to ask you a question because I’m going to answer your question,” he said. I don’t have a dollar number or a dollar figure.
The administration will likely need to provide details to Congress before it can pass legislation authorizing increased spending in Ukraine. Approves $40 billion in spendingOf that amount, $6 billion was used for arms, equipment, logistical support, training, and other direct military assistance to Ukraine, and $9 billion was used to replenish US arms stockpiles.
After the US ran out of its own supplies to aid Ukraine, lawmakers and others are increasingly interested in funding to replenish US arms stockpiles.
In October, sources tracking U.S. munitions supplies said domestic supplies were so low that it would become increasingly difficult to send advanced weapons such as HIMAR rocket launchers and Javelin anti-tank missiles. rice field.
In early October, R-Arc. Senator Tom Cotton proposed legislation aimed at ensuring that the United States would restore depleted inventories and begin domestic production of these items.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows that the U.S. munitions stockpile is dangerously low. We also need to reinvest in the available workforce,” Cotton said in October.
Some Republicans say the hefty appropriations bill being used to help Ukraine is full of non-military items that drive up costs, and the White House demands billions of dollars in non-military spending. complained that it contained
For example, the White House’s latest $37.7 billion request includes a request for additional security assistance to Ukraine run by the State Department and a $14.5 billion request to fund food security assistance run by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It contains.
The White House is also asking for an additional $626 million for Ukraine’s “nuclear security assistance” and modernization of its strategic oil reserves to “reduce domestic energy costs.” House says most of the money will be used to restore oil reserves.
Finally, the White House is seeking another $900 million to provide medical services to Ukraine through the Department of Health and Human Services.
“We must continue to support the Ukrainian people as they defend their sovereignty and stand firm in the face of Russia’s brutal war,” the White House said. “With strong bipartisan support in parliament, we have provided vital support that is essential to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield. That support cannot be depleted.”