Democrats and GOPs in the US sources said there are many issues to be resolved in connection with the country’s Ukraine package – including the drafting of the legislative language – and the whole process will take weeks before there are final votes in both chambers. .
The likely goal at this point is to pass on this package before the Memorial Day break. But there are additional complications that need to be addressed – namely what to do with the stopped Covid-19 help.
A senior aide from the Democratic House said U.S. President Joe Biden’s supplementary request still has a long way to go in both chambers, “There will be two-chamber, bipartisan talks on the supplementary request. which chamber will work to put forward the supplement first. This will not be an immediate process. “
As a sign of the potential roadblocks ahead, many Republicans are already signaling that they need more information about Biden’s supplement before they can commit to voting on it in the Senate.
Republicans are still reviewing the president’s addition to Ukraine, but Senator Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said he is concerned about a provision in the package that allows the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to spend about $ 20 billion. It’s not new money. This money has previously been granted, but it had not been approved. It’s an issue that Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over for months, and Republicans say Biden slipped into this package.
It’s still early, and Risch said many Republicans are still inclined to support the package, but he warned that Republicans want to take a few days to more carefully consider what is included.
“I have to go through the details,” said Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida. “I do not fix so much on the amount. It’s more about what it’s you intend to give them? Is that what they need right now in the foreseeable future? ”
Another gap that is emerging is that Republicans see the high price of humanitarian aid as potentially misdirected. Late. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana who traveled to Ukraine during recess, told reporters he believes the better place to spend the money is on military aid.
“The war crimes that are being committed while we are talking will not end until Ukraine wins this war. So while humanitarian aid is very important, the most important thing, Ukrainians want, is lethal help to beat the Russians. I am not convinced, that the White House understands that, “Daines said.
“I want to know what we are investing in. I want to be sure that between deadly aid and humanitarian aid, it actually gets where it needs to go. The devil is in the details,” Ernst said.
Late. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, said he is familiar with the package’s price tag.
“We need to send a strong signal that we intend for Ukraine to win this war against Vladimir Putin’s illegal war crimes,” Wicker said.
While members on both sides recognize the urgency of passing this legislation quickly, the mechanisms for how this comes through Parliament and the Senate are still much changing, and some Democrats still insist that money be wrapped up in one package with Covid-19 money that has been withheld due to Biden’s Title 42 immigration policy.
“It needs to be done,” said Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat.
Republicans, including whip John Thune, have already said adding Covid-19 funding to this bill is a no-brainer.