Mar 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Ukraine aid package increased to $14 billion, McConnell says

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that Congress' aid package for Ukraine now totals $14 billion.

Why it matters: The figure is more than double what was initially floated by the Biden administration last month.

The big picture: McConnell criticized the rate at which the package had moved along, saying some House Democrats were reluctant to agree to some "long guarantees."

  • "It's been like pulling teeth to get out of House Democrats what the Ukrainians obviously need at this particular time," McConnell said.
  • “We’ve been slow — much too slow. But the package, I gather, will be coming over from the House … I think it’s an important step. It needs to be passed, and it needs to be passed quickly."
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