Hours after passing the short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, US President Joe Biden assured on Sunday that Washington “will not walk away” from supporting Ukraine, CNN reported.
This comes after the spending bill did not include new aid to Ukraine. Biden also called on Republicans to keep their word on aid to Ukraine.
“There is no Ukrainian financing in this agreement… Nevertheless, I did not believe we could put millions of Americans through the pain of a government shutdown,” Joe Biden said in his speech after signing the bill.
“I want to assure our American allies and the American people and the Ukrainian people that you can count on our support. We will not walk away,” CNN quoted President Biden as saying.
The president also said he would hold Republicans “accountable for their past signals” of support for Ukraine.
“But let’s be clear. I hope my friends on the other side keep their word about supporting Ukraine. They said they would support Ukraine in a separate vote,” CNN quoted the president as saying.
“Under no circumstances can we allow US support to Ukraine to be interrupted,” he added.
Joe Biden said he fully expects House Speaker Kevin McCarthy “to keep his promise to secure the passage and support needed to help defend Ukraine against aggression and brutality.”
He added that there is broad bipartisan support for Ukraine’s war effort. “Let’s vote on it,” he said.
Joe Biden also rebuked Republicans and the pattern of “governing by crisis” during remarks from the White House on Sunday.
“Folks, the truth is, we shouldn’t have been here in the first place. We shouldn’t have been here in the first place. It’s time to end rule by crisis and keep your word when you say it in Congress,” said CNN. quoted him as he said.
However, the president did not address whether Democrats should help McCarthy retain the presidency as conservatives sought to oust him over his handling of the shutdown negotiations.
“I have no voice on this issue. I leave that up to the leadership in the House of Representatives,” Joe Biden added.
Notably, initial drafts of a spending bill to prevent the shutdown included aid to Ukraine, but the funds were ultimately scrapped over concerns that the measure would fail to override the objections of some conservatives, CNN reported.
Bipartisan members of the Senate leadership released a joint statement Saturday pledging to vote on further funding for Ukraine aid “in the coming weeks.” Congress will have to negotiate a new funding bill in mid-November, CNN reported.
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