US approves $40 billion aid to Ukraine amidst inflation crisis
The law includes funding for military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Kiev.
US House of Representatives approved the bill to send $40 billion of aid to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to a live stream on the House website.
The bill received the necessary majority of votes and will now be sent to the Senate. If the law passes the Senate, it will be sent to US President Joe Biden for signature.
The bill implies the allocation of funds for military, economic, and humanitarian aid to Kiev.
Biden had previously requested this additional cash. He urged senators to approve it quickly, warning that if they don't, the US will soon have to cease help to Kiev because all of the resources provided by Congress previously had been depleted.
The US president first demanded $33 billion in aid, before Congress later upped the amount to about $40 billion, according to US media reports. Additional funding was recommended in particular for the procurement of fighting vehicles and food supplies.
War; a priority over Americans
The House's approval of the bill sparked outrage on social media in opposition to the decision. "We are sending 40 Billion to a far-off war while our babies go hungry. No serious country would act in such a manner," wrote Jack Posobiec on Twitter.
Target baby formula shelf. We are sending 40 Billion to a far-off war while our babies go hungry. No serious country would act in such a manner. pic.twitter.com/XnT7RK8vRQ— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 10, 2022
Congressman Troy Nehl wrote: You can support Ukraine without adding another $40 BILLION to our National Debt in the middle of multiple crises at home.
You can support Ukraine without adding another $40 BILLION to our National Debt in the middle of multiple crises at home.— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) May 10, 2022
Yesterday, the US infant formula shortage was causing producers to scramble and parents to panic.
According to CNN and USA Today, 40% of infant formula was out of supply in more than 11,000 locations throughout the US during the week of April 24, compared to an out-of-stock proportion of 2 to 8% during the first half of 2021.
Numbers from the Datasembly website show that more than half of the available infant formula in supermarkets was sold out during the week of April 24 in six states: Texas, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri.
In response to concerns about formula hoarding, some large shops, including Walgreens and CVS, have set limitations on how much formula parents may purchase at one time.