Approval Of $33B U.S. Ukraine Aid Bill May Take Several Weeks
Republicans and Democrats warn many issues that need to be sorted out over President Joe Biden's Ukraine supplemental funding request that came Thursday, including drafting the legislative language, and the whole process could take weeks until there are final votes in both chambers, Lauren Fox, Manu Raju, and Daniella Diaz reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: US President Joe Biden signs the supplemental budget request for Ukraine to be sent to Congress.
Biden formally asked Congress for a $33 billion supplemental funding bill aimed at supporting Ukraine over the next several months as Russia's brutal and unrelenting war enters a new phase.
He outlined a proposal that would further pressure Russian oligarchs over the war in Ukraine, including using money from their seized assets to fund Ukraine's defense.
Democratic leadership's goal, aides told CNN, is to pass this package before the Memorial Day recess but there are complications to sort out, namely, what to do with a stalled COVID-19 funding package. As the House is in recess next week, there will be some delay before a vote.
A House Democratic leadership aide cooled expectations on the timeline, signaling Biden's supplemental request still has a long road ahead in both chambers.
"There will be bicameral, bipartisan talks on the supplemental request. Language must also be drafted," the aide told CNN.
"It is also unresolved which Chamber will work to advance the supplemental first. This will not be an instant process."
In a sign of the potential roadblocks ahead, many Republicans are already signaling they need more information about Biden's supplemental before they could commit to voting on it in the Senate.
Republicans are still going through the President's supplemental for Ukraine, but Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he has concerns about a provision in the package that deals with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over for months.
Risch said many Republicans are still inclined to support the package but he warned that Republicans want to take a few days to consider more carefully what is included.