According to a recent report from The Washington Post, the White House is apparently demanding nearly $33B in aid for helping the United States fight the coronavirus, as well as for ongoing efforts in Ukraine.
Specifically, of the nearly $33B requested, approximately $10B will be delegated to the burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Eastern Europe that began after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as to improving cybersecurity defenses and protecting the nation’s electrical grid.
For instance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to provide Ukraine with up to $600M in order to purchase “lethal defense weapons” in order to combat Russia’s ongoing onslaught of the sovereign nation.
More than twice as much funding, however, is requested for the pandemic, as Biden is demanding $22.5B in order to support various public health measures and allegedly protect the nation from future variants of the virus. The billions would also be allocated towards the potential development of vaccines.
Several Republicans in the Senate have declared that they are likely to oppose additional billions in spending on COVID, especially since the Biden administration has yet to account for how exactly the last round of billions regarding the virus was spent.
More exactly, the Biden administration has failed to provide full transparency for the $1.9T in funds provided for the coronavirus pandemic last year.
In addition, The Washington Post also reports that the highest-ranked officials in the White House have indicated that sufficient funding remains to fight the omicron surge, which has been rapidly declining across the nation at the time of this writing.
However, the same officials also insist that more funding is needed since the funds provided from the $1.9T apparently have been spent, or allocated to other purposes.
Additionally, the scale and scope of the overall funding bill has yet to be determined, specifically in terms of emergency aid or omnibus spending.
President Biden also signed a bill on February 18 that provides funding for three more weeks, ostensibly to provide Congress with additional time to agree on a deal regarding the financing of various federal agencies for the remainder of the year.
The bill is presently overdue.