Republican McCarthy changed his mind about withdrawing 300 million from the US defense budget for Ukraine
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, has assured that he intends to keep the $300 million in aid to Ukraine in the bill to fund the US Department of Defense. The politician decided to change his position after an article on funding for the US State Department and foreign operations was proposed in the bill.
According to McCarthy, the exclusion of aid from State Department activities and international operations is "becoming increasingly difficult," which led to the decision to keep the money for Ukraine. This was reported by The Hill.
It is worth noting that the House of Representatives is going to hold a single procedural vote on four appropriations bills next week, including funding for the Pentagon and the State Department, as well as foreign operations.
"This is not a solution to the problem, because there is something about Ukraine in one bill. So it's become too complicated to do that, so we're leaving it out," McCarthy said about the exclusion of aid to Ukraine from the Pentagon appropriations bill.
At the same time, House member Garrett Graves said that senators would vote for amendments that could deprive Ukraine of assistance from both the Pentagon and the State Department and bills on foreign operations. However, the vote may not take place if lawmakers block discussion of these measures.
As a reminder, the majority of Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate strongly support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression. They emphasize the heroism of the Ukrainian military and emphasize that supporting Kyiv is a good investment for Washington.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the United States does not rule out the possibility that in the future it will provide Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles. The White House has not made any unequivocal statements on this matter, while the media claim that the favorable decision was made before Zelensky's visit, and the delivery timeframe has not been disclosed.