Putin prepared for a ‘protracted conflict’; House Approves Nearly $40 Billion in Aid

The House will vote Tuesday night to approve nearly $40 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

“Time is of the essence, and we cannot afford to wait,” Pelosi said in a memo to House Democrats. “With this aid package, the United States is sending a strong message to the world of our unwavering determination to stand with the brave people of Ukraine until they are victorious.”

The package includes $33 billion in security, economic and humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian government that President Biden requested last month. It also includes a companion bill, introduced by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), to provide additional help to address, among many issues, global food insecurity as a result of the war in Ukraine, raising the total to nearly $40 billion.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has cost thousands of innocent lives, devastated cities across the region, and fueled a humanitarian crisis, rising costs and food insecurity around the world,” DeLauro, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. release. “We have a moral responsibility to provide this support to help end the painful loss of life, hold Putin and his cronies accountable, and protect global democracy.”

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