Pentagon Pressures Congress to Replace Ukraine’s DEPLETED Military Stockpiles

Pentagon Pressures Congress to Replace Ukraine’s DEPLETED Military Stockpiles

The Pentagon has requested Congress to allocate even more funding for replenishing US military stockpiles, the New York Post reports.

In a letter dated September 29, Undersecretary of Defense Michael McCord highlighted the urgent need for these funds, stating that only $1.6 billion remains of the $25.9 billion allocated for replenishing US weapons stockpiles, specifically artillery rounds, rockets, and missiles intended for Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.

Additionally, the US still has $5.4 billion left to provide weapons and equipment from its stockpiles. McCord emphasized that failing to replenish these stockpiles in a timely manner could negatively impact military readiness, particularly as Russia prepares for a potential winter offensive.

However, Congress recently passed a continuing resolution to fund current federal spending levels until November 17, which did not include an additional $6 billion in funding for Ukraine.

This decision came after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell initially agreed to this amount in their proposed continuing resolution but later scrapped it due to objections from House Republicans.

While the Senate did pass a separate measure providing $300 million in military assistance to Ukraine, this faced opposition from the majority of GOP lawmakers.

The US has provided approximately $113 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February of the previous year, with President Biden requesting an additional $24 billion from Congress in August.

However, support for this aid has been met with mixed reactions within Congress, and some hardline Republicans have criticized House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for his approach. Rep. Matt Gaetz, for instance, accused McCarthy of making a “secret deal” with President Biden regarding future funding for Ukraine.

President Biden has indicated that he reached an agreement with McCarthy on moving forward with a new aid package for Ukraine but did not provide specifics. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged questions about the existence of such a deal, emphasizing bipartisan support for Ukraine in Congress.

McCarthy denied Biden’s claim of a side deal, stating that there was “no side deal going forward.” T


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