WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, which includes nearly $40 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian support to Ukraine.
“The people of Ukraine have inspired the world with their courageous fight against Vladimir Putin’s unlawful aggression. More help is on the way from the American people thanks to this supplemental aid package. Support from the United States, our allies, and our partners has made a difference in the hands of Ukrainians – not only on the battlefield, but also in the daily lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians who have been displaced or otherwise harmed by Russia’s unprovoked war.
“As the conflict shifts in Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions, this new chapter in the war is requiring new kinds of support for the Ukrainian people. The supplemental aid package passed by the House today will deliver exactly that, building on the Biden-Harris administration’s monthslong efforts to stand with Ukraine, hold Putin accountable with punishing economic measures, reinforce NATO’s Eastern flank, and do so in concert with U.S. allies and partners. Together, these efforts will support the Ukrainian military’s continued success.
“Countries around the world face a choice between Putin’s failed formula of violent aggression, or a rules-based international order with the promise of safety and stability for everyone. Right now, Russia is losing. President Zelenskyy and the legitimate Ukrainian government remain in power in Kyiv, and Vladimir Putin has become a global pariah. By passing this legislation today, the House has provided vital help to continue that success and has again shown that the American people stand with Ukraine.”
The Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act will deliver a wide range of resources to assist the Ukrainian people, including:
- $6 billion to deliver weapons and security assistance to the Ukrainian military
- $3.9 billion to bolster U.S. military operations in Europe
- $8.7 billion to deliver economic aid and fund government services across Ukraine
- $5 billion to provide food assistance in Ukraine and around the world
- $900 million to support families fleeing from Ukraine
Today’s vote follows the enactment of the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, which is streamlining the shipment of weapons systems, ammunition and other equipment to Ukraine.