Office of Management and Budget head says Biden will fund Ukraine with additional money

The U.S. has been providing aid to Ukraine amid its ongoing war in Russia that began in 2022.
Shalanda Young, Washington, D.C., Feb. 1, 2022

The director of the Office of Management and Budget acknowledged Tuesday the Biden administration will send Ukraine more money, without congressional action, if additional funds are available.

"Let me ask you the question in a different way," Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., said to the director during a Capitol Hill hearing. "Will this administration provide Ukraine any additional aid in any form until Congress passes" a supplemental spending bill?

Agency Director Shalanda Young said in response: "If we believe we can do that without affecting U.S. readiness in a detrimental way, we absolutely will."

The U.S. has been providing aid to Ukraine since Russia declared war on its neighboring country in 2022. Last month, the Senate passed a $95.3 billion foreign aid package that would give Ukraine $60 billion.

"It is the president's commitment that we will not let [Russia President] Vladimir Putin march through Ukraine," Young also said. 

From were the additional money from the U.S. to Ukraine is unclear, but the exchange suggested it would come from aid Congress has already appropriated but has not been spent. 

Marshall said in response to Young: "But we've been told over and over again by this administration that we need to spend another 10 or 20 billion dollars to replenish what we've given to Ukraine.So we didn't properly account [for] what we've already sent them."