According to a report from Politico, the Biden White House is seeking $106 billion dollars in aid for the wars in Israel, and Ukraine, and for the Southern Border here in the U.S.
During his prime-time address on Thursday, Biden said he would be sending the request over to Congress on Friday.
The request, which faces clear political hurdles, was directed to Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry who is currently leading a House that remains frozen without a speaker.
All told, the request includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine, including $44.4 billion to provide Department of Defense equipment for the country, to replenish weapons stocks and to continue providing other military support. The administration is also asking for $14.3 billion for Israel and $9.15 billion for the State Department to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.
Republicans have been skeptical of the need to pass additional funding for Ukraine. And administration officials are effectively daring them to vote against those funds by tying them to money to shore up Israel’s defense system.
“It is the president’s job, our job, to make clear to Congress what the needs are, what happens if this critical funding is not delivered,” Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young said on a call on Friday. “We are doing our job by letting Congress know what these critical needs are and we expect them to act and act swiftly.”
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White House to Congress: We want $106 billion for the wars and the border https://t.co/kZrc6KtoIC
— POLITICO (@politico) October 20, 2023