The Biden administration has requested a $105 billion emergency funding package from Congress. The package includes $10.6 billion for military support in Israel and $61.4 billion in assistance to Ukraine. The request comes after President Biden delivered a rare televised prime-time speech to the country, explaining the need to support both countries.
In addition to the funding for Israel and Ukraine, the administration has also requested $12 billion for more border agents and facilities on the border with Mexico. Another $7.4 billion of the package will go toward security support to Taiwan and U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific.
According to Biden administration officials, the funding for Israel will primarily be used on its air and missile defense systems, such as the Iron Dome. The American embassy in Israel is also included in the funding, with $3.7 billion allocated for security at the embassy.
In his Oval Office address, President Biden emphasized the importance of U.S. leadership in tackling threats from Hamas and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He stated that both want to "completely annihilate a neighboring democracy." Biden also made it clear that the U.S. would not withdraw its support from Ukraine, and that the war could escalate without U.S. aid.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stressed the significance of these conflicts, stating that their outcomes are vital to the safety and security of the American people.
The emergency funding request has sparked discussions and debates about the role of the U.S. in international conflicts and the allocation of resources. Some argue that supporting Israel and Ukraine is necessary to maintain global stability and protect democratic values. Others question the amount of funding and the potential consequences of further involvement in these conflicts.
As the request moves through Congress, it will be interesting to see the debates and negotiations that unfold. The decision on whether to provide emergency funding and the specific allocations will have significant implications for U.S. foreign policy and national security.