U.S. House of Representatives approves $700 mln aid package for Ukraine – embassy
The U.S. House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, has approved budget-related bills providing for the allocation of $700 million to Ukraine in fiscal year 2020, that's according to a statement released by the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.
"The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress approved the draft laws on financing the Pentagon, the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and related programs for 2020, which provide for nearly $700 million to support Ukraine," reads the statement posted on Facebook.
In particular, in the draft Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2020, the assistance proposed to be allocated for supporting the security sector in Ukraine is set at $250 million, of which $50 million should be disbursed exclusively on defensive lethal aid.
Estimated assistance to Ukraine through the United States State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, and related agencies is determined at $445.7 million. This amount includes, in particular, allocations under the Foreign Military Financing program.
Drafts of similar legislation must also be passed by the U.S. Senate.
After that, both houses of Congress must agree on their final wording, which will then have to be signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.