White House budget boss says it needs more for Ukraine, will run out of money before end of year

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is urging Congress to get its act together to shovel tens of billions of taxpayer dollars into the sucking black hole of Ukraine’s war against Russia, a top priority of President Joe Biden.

With the ongoing funding of the conflict having become a political hot potato with many House Republicans reluctant to continue to give handouts to one of the most notoriously corrupt countries on the planet despite the incessant begging of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Biden’s OMB director Shalanda Young sent a letter to congressional leaders stressing the “urgency” to reopen the cash spigots.

“I want to be clear: without congressional action, by the end of the year we will run out of resources to procure more weapons and equipment for Ukraine and to provide equipment from U.S. military stocks,” Young wrote in a letter to House and Senate leaders. “There is no magical pot of funding available to meet this moment. We are out of money — and nearly out of time.”

The Democratic Party apparatchik warned that the continued dragging of feet by Congress would “kneecap” the Ukrainian military, suggesting that a failure to act promptly would play into Vladimir Putin’s hands.

“If our assistance stops, it will cause significant issues for Ukraine,” the OMB  boss wrote. “While our allies around the world have stepped up to do more, U.S. support is critical and cannot be replicated by others.”

The letter was addressed to Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calling for them to pass the funding for weapons and other aid at a time when there are far more pressing problems at home.

“If Ukraine’s economy collapses, they will not be able to keep fighting, full stop,” Young said.

“Putin understands this well, which is why Russia has made destroying Ukraine’s economy central to its strategy — which you can see in its attacks against Ukraine’s grain exports and energy infrastructure,” Young wrote in her letter.

Despite the split in his caucus, the newly elected speaker is in lockstep with the White House on getting more money into Zelenskyy’s hands to fund the proxy war against Putin as GOP lawmakers are working to sweeten the latest giveaway with some minor additions to address the nation’s catastrophic illegal immigration crisis.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) – who has been one of the most vocal opponents to the continued propping up the Zelenskyy regime at the expense of domestic priorities – disagreed with Johnson.

“I disagree with Speaker Johnson’s plan to fund Ukraine in exchange for border policy wins. Democrats will never enforce our strong secure border policies, they would just use them as a win at the polls,” MTG wrote on X last week. “And Ukraine is a losing war racked with corruption that a majority of Americans do not support. This is a bad strategy.”

“Ukraine is not the 51st state and not a member of NATO,” the fiery Georgia lawmaker pointed out. “Stop funding Ukraine!”

“I must stress that helping Ukraine defend itself and secure its future as a sovereign, democratic, independent, and prosperous nation advances our national security interests,” Young said. “It prevents larger conflict in the region that could involve NATO and put U.S. forces in harm’s way and deters future aggression, making us all safer. As President Biden has said, when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they will cause more chaos and death and destruction. They just keep on going, and the cost and the threats to America and to the world will keep rising. The path that Congress chooses will reverberate for many years to come,” Young wrote in the letter.

“We are out of money to support Ukraine in this fight. This isn’t a next year problem. The time to help a democratic Ukraine fight against Russian aggression is right now. It is time for Congress to act,” Biden’s OMB boss concluded.

Chris Donaldson

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