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U.S. Senate passes $40B Ukraine aid bill

PoliticsU.S. Senate passes $40B Ukraine aid bill

Washington (The Times Groupe)- The U.S. Senate passed Bill H.R.7691 “The Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022,” which allocates about $40 billion to respond to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The bill calls for $40.1 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations “to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

This bill provides appropriations for several federal departments and agencies, including the Justice Department, the Defense Department, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of the Treasury.

The bill also includes appropriations for defense equipment, migration and refugee assistance, regulatory and technical support regarding nuclear power issues, emergency food assistance, economic assistance, and seizures of property related to the invasion.

U.S. President Joe Biden presented to Congress on April 28 a proposal to extend a new package of responses to Russia’s aggression that included $33 billion in support for Ukraine. The lawmakers proposed additions, including several billion dollars for military equipment and food aid for Ukraine.

The bill was passed on May 10 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The President must sign it into law before it becomes effective.

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