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White Home asks Congress for billions in Ukraine, COVID-19 funding throughout lame duck

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The Biden administration on Tuesday
requested Congress for billions extra in funding this yr to deal with
COVID-19 and the continued struggle in Ukraine, suggesting lawmakers connect it
to a spending invoice that should cross earlier than Dec. 16. 

The $9 billion request for COVID-19
operations and almost $38 billion in further aid for Ukraine will
quickly be joined by one other emergency support request to assist communities
get better from pure disasters, although administration officers didn’t
say Tuesday how quickly they’d launch these particulars. 

White Home price range director Shalanda
Younger wrote in a letter to Congress that the “American folks rightly
anticipate their leaders to come back collectively and ship on these priorities,
and I urge the Congress to deal with them as a part of a complete,
bipartisan settlement within the weeks forward.”

The request for COVID-19 is considerably smaller than the $22.4 billion
the Biden administration requested Congress to supply earlier this yr.
Negotiators on Capitol Hill have since reached two separate bipartisan
agreements on COVID-19 funding, although neither has made it to the ground. 

The almost $10 billion request the
White Home despatched to Capitol Hill on Tuesday was “designed to satisfy the
second,” in keeping with an administration official. 

“We’re asking Congress for what we
imagine we have to fight the virus right here and globally,” the official
informed reporters on a name Tuesday afternoon. 

The White Home request for COVID-19
funding would principally go to the U.S. Division of Well being and Human
Companies to proceed offering vaccines and therapeutics, assist
analysis into so-called subsequent era vaccines and fund analysis and
therapies for lengthy COVID-19. 

One other $1 billion would go to the
U.S. Division of State and the U.S. Company for Worldwide
Growth to proceed testing, remedy and vaccination efforts
around the globe. 

The Biden administration is asking
lawmakers for a further $400 million to restock the smallpox vaccine
that’s been distributed all through the summer time to fight monkeypox and
$350 million for “procurement and distribution of remedy for
hepatitis C and pre-exposure prophylaxis to assist forestall HIV.”

An administration official mentioned they
imagine that is “an opportune second for us to step up our efforts to
forestall different treatable and stop illness,” although the official
declined to elaborate on why the White Home is asking for the additional
funding now and never by means of the common appropriations course of subsequent

Ukraine support

The $27.7 billion request for Ukraine could be divided up among the many U.S. departments of Protection, Power, HHS and State. 

The majority of the supplemental funding
request, $21.7 billion, would go to the Protection Division for ongoing
“army, intelligence and different protection assist.” One other $14.5
billion would go to State and USAID for meals safety and humanitarian
help in addition to safety help. 

The Power Division would obtain
$626 million to supply Ukraine with nuclear safety help and for
the U.S. to modernize the Strategic Petroleum Reserve “to cut back
home power prices and guarantee sustainable entry to power

HHS would get $900 million “to supply commonplace help well being care and assist companies to Ukrainian parolees.”

An administration official mentioned the
Ukraine funding is meant to final by means of the tip of the USA
fiscal yr subsequent September.

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