Shelby Urges Support for Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in support of H.R.7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022:


“I will be supporting the Ukraine Supplemental, and it should receive broad bipartisan support.  We succeeded in eliminating all of the unrelated funding and controversial legislative provisions.  By providing $24.1 billion in military funding, nearly $3.7 billion more than the President’s request, the Administration should be able to meet the needs of the Ukrainians at least until the end of the fiscal year.  Regretfully, the Administration’s request failed, once again, to propose adequate funding to fully replace the weapons we send to Ukraine.  The additional funds we secured will ensure that our own munitions stocks remain intact.”


The emergency supplemental appropriations bill provides over $40 billion to support Ukraine, including nearly $4 billion more than the President’s request in additional military assistance.  The bill authorizes $8.5 billion in additional presidential drawdown authority, which allows the President to provide defense materials directly to the Ukrainians.  Further, the legislation authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to work with the Department of Homeland Security to provide standard refugee benefits to eligible Ukrainians.


The funding measure passed the House by a vote of 368-57 and, if advanced by the Senate, will be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.