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Democrats Weigh $40 Billion for Ukraine, Topping Biden’s Ask

  • Aid bill could get House vote Tuesday with Senate to follow
  • Covid aid bogged down by fight over migration policies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, meets U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 30.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, meets U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 30.

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Democrats have drafted a $39.8 billion Ukraine aid package and plan to vote on it this week without attaching Covid pandemic funding.

President Joe Biden told lawmakers to separate the two requests to avoid stalling the Ukraine money. The House could vote as soon as Tuesday on the Ukraine package, which is larger than the $33 billion Biden requested from Congress last month, according to people familiar with the plans. Lawmakers are adding $3.4 billion in military aid and $3.4 billion in humanitarian assistance.