The White House has been sounding the alarm, shouting from the rooftops that money for helping Ukraine fight off Russia is running dry. The message is clear: if Capitol Hill doesn’t act soon, the cash flow will dry up faster than a puddle in the desert by the end of the month.
The situation is so dire that the White House Office of Management and Budget Director, Shalanda Young, sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, practically begging for more moolah to help Ukraine. She made it crystal clear that without the green light from Congress, there won’t be enough dough to buy more weapons and gear for Ukraine or even to tap into Uncle Sam’s military stockpile. So, Congress, it’s time to put up or shut up, because the clock’s ticking, and the wallets are running on empty.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 4, 2023
To put it bluntly, if the funding tap is turned off, Ukraine’s defense will be as good as a screen door on a submarine. And nobody wants to see that happen, right? The U.S. has already shelled out a whopping $111 billion to help Ukraine stand strong against Russia, and now President Biden’s asking for another $61 billion. That’s serious cabbage, folks. But, of course, the Republicans are throwing a wrench into the works, with the House passing $14.3 billion to help Israel battle Hamas, but the Senate playing hard to get. They’re not too keen on the idea of divvying up the cash in bite-sized chunks. They want the whole enchilada.
But, here’s the real kicker – the Democrats are even causing a ruckus over border policies, blocking efforts to put the brakes on the surge of illegal crossings. It’s like they’re allergic to common sense! And just to add insult to injury, House Speaker Mike Johnson is waving a big red flag, warning that the conservatives are ready to rumble against a major spending bill. It’s like everyone’s got their heads stuck in the sand, while the clock keeps ticking.
So, what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, according to Ms. Young, helping Ukraine isn’t just about being the heroes of the world. It’s also about boosting the good ol’ U.S. of A’s economy and giving our intelligence community a leg up. She claims that of the $111 billion sent to Ukraine, a hefty $67 billion trickled right back into the American Defense Industrial Base in a bunch of states, along with other Defense Department operations. And if President Biden’s $106 billion request comes through, $62 billion would be earmarked for the same causes.
Hey, it’s not rocket science, folks. If we don’t pony up to help Ukraine, the bad guys are gonna keep running amok, and the threats to America and the rest of the world will grow like kudzu. So, Congress better get its act together, or we’ll all be up a creek without a paddle. Tick-tock, people!