Lawmakers Face-Off Over Ukraine Funding

December 12, 2023

… it’s not about financing, it’s about the morality

Ukrainian President Zelensky on his request for funding from the United States in order to fuel Ukraine’s fight against Russia. Congress remains at odds over new funding.

Why It Matters: With only days left before the holiday break, lawmakers continue to negotiate over new funding for the war in Ukraine. In general, Democrats want to pass funding lockstep with the White House wishes. Conversely, Republicans generally want to pass more funding for the U.S. border and want to link their support for Ukraine funding to more support for the U.S. border.

Notable: Bipartisan support exists for both more funding for Ukraine and the border. However, questions remain about the incentives for lawmakers to reach a broad agreement before leaving this weekend for their districts.

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by Jenna Lee,