☷Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Fiscal Year 2022 Emergency Supplemental Funding
White House ( By Press Release office)
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Dear Madam Speaker: I am writing to provide you with my request for fiscal year ( FY ) 2022 emergency supplemental funding for critical security and economic assistance to Ukraine . I appreciate the Congress’ continued bipartisan support for Ukraine , NATO , and other partner countries affected by Russia’s War in Ukraine . My Administration is committed to providing the Ukrainian people the assistance they need . Our assistance to date has made a difference on the battlefield , helping Ukraine win the battle for Kyiv . This $33 . 0 billion request for additional funding and authority builds on the Congress’ supplemental appropriation of $13 . 6 billion on March 15 , 2022 , and seeks to address immediate and near - term security and economic needs . Additional security assistance will put urgently needed equipment into the hands of Ukraine’s military and police , including ammunition , armored vehicles , small arms , demining assistance , and unmanned aircraft systems . Economic assistance will provide Direct Budget Support to provide rapid , flexible funds to assist the Government of Ukraine in responding to the immediate crisis and continue to provide basic citizen services . Additional food security and humanitarian assistance will provide wheat and other commodities to people in need , build countries’ resilience to global food supply and price shocks , and provide lifesaving aid to people displaced by or otherwise impacted by Russia’s War in Ukraine . Additionally , the request includes funding to support the production of United States food crops that are experiencing a global shortage due to the war in Ukraine , for example , wheat and soybeans helping to address rising food prices here at home and around the world . The request also would help increase domestic production for strategic minerals and materials produced in Russia or Ukraine and respond to global shortfalls and reduce price pressures . The request also outlines a number of authorities needed to support Ukraine , our European allies and partners , and address other emergent global needs . The details of this request are set forth in an enclosed addendum . Though we expect our NATO allies and EU partners will be making even larger collective contributions than the United States , there is no doubt that continuing to support Ukraine in this war against Russian aggression will require a substantial additional investment on our part . What I want to make clear to the Congress and the American people is this: the cost of failing to stand up to violent aggression in Europe has always been higher than the cost of standing firm against such attacks . That is as it always has been , and as it always will be . America must meet this moment , and do its part . In addition to the legislative proposals in this package , my Administration is also sending a proposal to the Congress to enhance the United States’ ability to hold Russia accountable financially for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine . These proposals would strengthen our whole - of - government approach — along with those of our international partners — by providing for expanded and expedited measures for investigating , prosecuting , and forfeiting assets of Russian oligarchs to be used for the benefit of Ukraine . Finally , I also appreciate the Congress’ bipartisan support for ensuring we can continue to provide the American people with the tools they need to protect themselves from COVID - 19 , and again urge the Congress to act promptly to provide the $22 . 5 billion I requested on March 2 , 2022 . Without additional funding , we are unable to purchase additional life - saving treatments for the American people , and we are losing our spot in line to other countries for vaccines that may provide better and more durable protection against multiple variants . We also must stop the spread of possible new variants from around the world as every COVID variant has emerged from overseas . We have to keep vaccinating the world to save lives here at home and protect our economy from further supply chain disruptions , but we need funding to help get shots into arms . To avoid needless deaths in the United States and around the world , I urge the Congress to include this much needed , life - saving COVID funding as part of this supplemental funding request . I urge the Congress to address these critical and urgent needs promptly . The amounts included in this request are requested to be designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 4001 ( a ) ( 1 ) and section 4001 ( b ) of S . Con . Res . 14 ( 117th Congress ) , the concurrent resolution on the budget for FY 2022 . Sincerely , JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR .
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