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Biden admin urges major funding increases for aid to Ukraine, Israel and Gaza civilians

The Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent Congress an emergency supplemental funding package request to aid Ukraine, Israel and to increase security at the southern border on Friday morning. 

“Over the coming weeks, the Administration looks forward to continued engagement with members of both parties to reach a comprehensive, bipartisan agreement to fund the Government and invest in critical national priorities,” director of OMB Shalanda Young said in the letter to Congress. “As part of that process, the Congress has an opportunity and obligation to advance our national security by addressing critical needs that should earn Bipartisan support.”

The administration is asking for a $105 billion in total, according to sources familiar. 

“As Ukrainians wage a tough counteroffensive and as winter fast approaches, the world is watching what the Congress does next. It is important that we
continue to do everything we can to help Ukraine succeed on the battlefield and protect its people,” Young wrote. “As the President said, we cannot under any circumstances allow America’s support for Ukraine to be interrupted—we are the indispensable Nation in the world, let’s act like it.”

Biden announced he would be sending Congress the request Thursday night in a foreign policy speech to the nation. However, negotiations began last week with the Senate about what would be included in the package.

In a call last week, the White House floated adding border security in the emergency package, but some Republican lawmakers are skeptical it will include what they want — much stricter border policies to quell the influx of migrants at the border.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday during the first Senate GOP press conference since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7 that the White House will need to draft a “broad” spending bill for aid to Israel that includes “credible” solutions to the border crisis.

“When the Senate receives this request, we spring into action and move it as soon as we can,” Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said on the floor Thursday morning.

But some lawmakers in the upper chamber, who are more skeptical of aid to Ukraine but supportive of Israel, want the funding packages to be split up and voted on separately. 

“There is an immediate responsibility on Congress to make sure Israel has what it needs to defend itself, and to hold that aid hostage by linking it with a myriad of other issues – including bailout for sanctuary cities and more money for Ukraine – is irresponsible. These separate funding requests should be considered as such,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Fox News Digital in a statement. 

In a letter sent to Schumer and McConnell on Friday, a handful of GOP senators wrote: “These are two separate conflicts and it would be wrong to leverage support of aid to Israel in attempt to get additional aid for Ukraine across the finish line.” 

Sens. Roger Marshall, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Rick Scott, Cynthia Lummis, Mike Braun, J.D. Vance, Josh Hawley and Blackburn signed the letter. 

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates. 

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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