Biden Calls on Congress to Approve Aid to Ukraine: ‘This Can’t Wait’

President Biden urged Congress on Wednesday to put aside partisan differences and immediately pass a multibillion-dollar aid package for Ukraine, warning that failure to do so could allow Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to regain momentum in the war.

Efforts to supply Ukraine and Israel appear deadlocked as Republicans insist on making aid conditional on immigration measures that Democrats oppose. Tuesday’s secret briefing for senators turned into a partisan game, and the prospect of a bipartisan consensus seemed to fade soon as the Senate headed to a vote on Wednesday.

“This cannot wait,” he said in a televised statement from the White House. “Congress needs to approve additional funding for Ukraine before they go on vacation. So simple. Honestly, I think it’s amazing that we even got to this point. Republicans in Congress are ready to give Putin the biggest gift he could hope for and abandon our global leadership.”

The Biden administration has already warned Congress that money for Ukraine will run out by the end of the year, leaving the war-torn former Soviet republic vulnerable to a new Russian offensive. The White House has requested an additional $61 billion in aid and said blocking it would “make it easier for Putin to prevail,” as the president’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said this week.

Senate Republicans overwhelmingly support more aid to Ukraine, as well as additional security money for Israel. But they insist on including curbing migration at the border as a condition, arguing that Americans want their safety preserved. Democrats have opposed some of the proposals Republicans have put forward, calling them excessive and political.

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