US President Joe Biden will request $11.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to provide lethal aid and budget support to Ukraine, and $22.4 billion for COVID-19 relief ahead of a potential fall case surge, the White House said on Friday.
The emergency funding request will also include $2 billion to address the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on US energy supplies, Shalanda Young, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), wrote in blog post.
The request comes ahead of the conclusion of the 2022 fiscal year on September 30. Congress has not yet passed a 2023 funding bill, and Young said lawmakers would likely need to pass a stopgap funding measure allowing them more time to negotiate a more comprehensive fiscal package.
The White House’s requests for the stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), will also include $3.9 billion in funding to fight against an outbreak of the monkeypox virus and $6.5 billion for natural disaster relief, Young wrote.
Congress is expected to grapple with CR discussions to keep the government fully operating beyond September 30 when lawmakers return from summer recess next week.
The CR legislation could become an avenue for Congress to include the White House’s emergency requests, known as anomalies. It is also an opportunity for Congress to quickly approve such funds while Democrats and Republicans argue about spending priorities for the full fiscal year beginning Octber 1.
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