The Biden administration has asked Congress for $10 billion for military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine and other countries in the region, a significantly higher amount than initially requested.
Last week, the White House asked for $6.4 billion, but the number was expected to increase as members of Congress called for more spending for Ukraine.
“This request identifies an immediate need for $10 billion in additional humanitarian, security, and economic assistance for Ukraine and Central European partners,” the White House said in its formal request to Congress that was sent Wednesday.
The $10 billion request includes $4.8 billion that will go directly to the Pentagon to cover costs of deploying more troops to Eastern Europe, replenishing arms that the US has sent to Ukraine, including Stinger missiles, and increased intelligence and cybersecurity support.
Another $5 billion will go to the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including $500 million for the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program for Ukraine to acquire more weapons. The State Department’s FMF gives countries money that they can use to buy American-made arms.
The $10 billion is on top of the additional $350 million in military aid for Ukraine that the Biden administration announced last week. The US reportedly delivered Raytheon-made Stinger missiles to Ukraine this week for the first time.