Portman Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Ukraine Funding Bill

Package Will Provide Critical Military and Humanitarian Assistance

May 19, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded passage of the bipartisan emergency Ukraine funding bill providing $40 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. This includes $11 billion in additional Presidential Drawdown Authority for critical weapons transfers, and $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, a program which Senator Portman wrote into law in 2015 to enhance the Ukrainian military’s ability to fight off Russian aggression. The bill also includes more than $8.5 billion to respond to emerging needs in the country and ensure the continuing operation of the Ukrainian government, as well as humanitarian resources for temporary housing, medical care, food, and other humanitarian services.

“I applaud Senate passage of this emergency funding request for Ukraine and am grateful it passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. This package provides critical assistance for weapons and munitions to bolster the Ukrainian military’s efforts to stop and roll back Russia’s invasion. It also includes vital humanitarian aid that will help Ukraine, as well as our allies, address the unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe and stave off a global food crisis caused by Russia’s blockade of Ukraine.

“Support for our ally Ukraine is critical to the national security of the United States and our allies around the globe. It sends a message to the world’s rogue dictators that America stands for freedom and with our allies in response to malign threats.”