Democratic and Republican sources in the United States have said there are many issues that need to be resolved over the country’s Ukraine package – including the wording of legislative language – and the whole process will take weeks until a final vote in both houses takes place.
A possible goal at this point is to get this package passed before the Memorial Day holiday. But there are additional complications to be resolved – namely what to do with the suspended Covid-19 aid.
A top Democratic House aide said US President Joe Biden Supplementary order We still have a long way to go in both houses, “There will be bicameral and bipartisan talks on the supplementary request. Language must also be drafted. Nor has it been resolved which chamber will advance the supplementary chamber first. This will not be an immediate process.”
In a sign of potential future roadblocks, many Republicans are already indicating that they need more information about Biden’s sequel before they can commit to a vote on it in the Senate.
Republicans are still under Ukraine’s supplemental president program, but Senator Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said he had concerns about a provision in the package that would allow the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to spend nearly $20 billion. It is not new money. These funds have previously been allocated, but not authorized. It’s an issue that Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over for months, and Republicans say Biden has backed away from that package.
It’s still early days, and Risch said many Republicans are still inclined to support the package, but he cautioned that Republicans want to spend a few days thinking more carefully about what’s included.
“I have to go through the details,” said Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida. “I don’t focus too much on the amount. It is more about what you intend to give them? Is that what they need now for the foreseeable future?”
Another divide is that Republicans see the high price of humanitarian aid as misleading. Senator Steve Danes, a Montana Republican who traveled to Ukraine during the holiday, told reporters he believes the best place to spend the money is military aid.
The war crimes that are being committed, as we speak, will not end until Ukraine wins this war. So while humanitarian aid is very important, the most important thing Ukrainians want is lethal assistance to beat the Russians. I’m not convinced the White House understands that,” said Danes.
“I want to know what we’re investing in. I want to make sure between lethal aid and humanitarian aid, it actually gets to where it’s supposed to go. The devil is in the details,” said Ernst.
Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, said he’s comfortable with the package price.
“We need to send a strong signal that we intend Ukraine to win this war against the unlawful war crimes of Vladimir Putin,” Wicker said.
While members on both sides recognize that there is an urgency to pass this legislation quickly, the mechanics of how this will reach the House and Senate remain highly fickle as some Democrats still insist that the money should be wrapped in a single package with the Covid-19 money that has been put on hold. Because of Biden’s immigration policy at Address 42.
“It has to be done,” said Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington.
Republicans, including whip John Thune, have already said adding Covid-19 funding to this bill is unsuccessful.