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Biden Asks Congress for $32.5 Billion in Ukraine, Covid Aid

  • Request includes $10 billion for Ukraine as crisis mounts
  • Congress working on package to fund government past March 11
A Ukrainian soldier visits a relative in the lower level of a Kyiv metro station, on March 2.

A Ukrainian soldier visits a relative in the lower level of a Kyiv metro station, on March 2.

Photographer: Erin Trieb/Bloomberg
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The White House is asking Congress for $10 billion in emergency funding to boost its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, part of a 32.5 billion supplemental request that also includes extra funds for fighting the pandemic.

President Joe Biden’s emergency funding request for Ukraine will target the mounting humanitarian crisis as well as assist the administration’s defense against Russia. Of the $10 billion, $4.8 billion would go to the Pentagon and $5 billion to the State Department, with the remainder going to the departments of Treasury, Commerce, Justice and Energy.