President Biden Signs Bipartisan Ukraine Lend-Lease Bill Into Law
How do you feel about the Ukraine Lend-Lease Act becoming law?
What’s the story?
- President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act into law at a White House ceremony on Monday. The bill passed the Senate on a unanimous voice vote on April 6th and was approved by the House on a 417-10 vote on April 28th.
What would the Lend-Lease law do?
- The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act temporarily waives requirements on the president’s authority to lend or lease defense articles intended for Ukraine’s government and also the governments of other Eastern European countries affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Ukraine and affected Eastern European countries will be able to use the Lend-Lease program to obtain military equipment and other relevant supplies to bolster their defensive capabilities and protect civilians from Russia’s ongoing aggression or from potential invasion, respectively. They will remain eligible for waivers through fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
- Specifically, it waives some provisions of law that typically apply to Lend-Lease agreements, including those that generally prohibit the use of loans with repayment periods longer than five years; and which require receiving countries to pay all costs incurred by the U.S. in leasing the defense equipment.
- Any loan or lease of defense articles to Ukraine will be subject to applicable laws concerning the return of and reimbursement and repayment for defense articles loaned or leased to foreign governments.
- The president will be required to establish expedited procedures within 60 days to ensure the timely delivery of defense articles loaned or leased under this program.
What they’re saying
- President Biden delivered remarks in the Oval Office during the signing ceremony and said:
“I’m signing a bill that provides another important tool in our efforts to support the government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their fight to defend their country and their democracy against Putin’s brutal war. And it is brutal. I want to thank members of Congress here for getting this passed and everyone who supported the bill. And the bill demonstrates that support for Ukraine is pivotal at this moment.
Every day, Ukrainians pay with their lives, and they fight along ― and the atrocities that the Russians are engaging in are just beyond the pale. And the cost of the fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is even more costly. That’s why we’re staying in this.”
- Biden noted that yesterday marked the annual celebration of VE Day ― Victory in Europe Day ― which commemorates the end of World War II in Europe following the surrender of Nazi Germany.
- Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) ― who is the first person born in Ukraine to serve in Congress and was on the first trip by U.S. officials to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion ― was in attendance at the White House ceremony and offered the following statement:
“This Lend-Lease Act is landmark legislation to help the people of Ukraine stop Putin’s barbaric invasion and bring peace back to Europe. It is also a great gesture to commemorate WWII Victory Day when so many people paid a very high price.”
- Should the U.S. Start a Lend-Lease Program to Help Ukraine Defend Itself From Russia's Invasion & Bolster Eastern European Allies to Deter Further Aggression? (S.3522)
- House Votes on S. 3522: Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 (4/28/22)
- What Is ‘Lend Lease’ & How Could It Help Ukraine Against Russia’s Invasion? (4/20/22)
— Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aaliyah Craven, 50th Public Affairs Detachment via DVIDSHUB / Public Domain)
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Signing Lend-Lease has provided so much hope.
For those of us in the US it is good to see our government can work together and get something done.
For Ukraine they feel they can win the war as they have adequate equipment.
One general today said it closed the window on a Russian victory which is is no longer possible.
Ukraine will need long haul support to win thus war. The long term costs of not supporting Ukraine far outweigh the costs of providing the support to end Russia's aggression. Russia needs to lose this war or there will be no way to keep the putin from gobbling up the Baltic States one by one and advancing though Europe.
It has become a war of attrition and to win this type of war, Ukraine needs continued allied support to outlast Russia. Our country cannot afford to lose interest or play political games because this Ukrainian war can quickly evolve into a world war should it cross into NATO countries.
I support this effort to bolster Ukraine's defenses. However, we do need a plan for how much more aid and equipment we're going to give to them. I think we need to make sure other NATO members are contributing equally to us, because we're all in this together.
I think Democrats are on a fast track to get us into World War III and for our military to be decimated and our country as a whole to be completely destroyed.
It would have been better and cheaper if Comrade dear leader Beijing Biden had called his friends in Afganistan and asked them to send some of that 85 Billion dollars worth of equipment we left there.
Why do I now think that once this Ukraine war is over this country will be required or expected to flip the bill to repair that country?
At this point, I don't see any end in site for Ukrainians. I'm also not sure I believe the extent of danger to Ukraine when there are diplomats (and Pelosi) visiting just about every week.
While I feel for Ukraine, we have much needed assistance and relief here at home in America. The American people are paying the price for the misguided and squandering of tax dollars by Biden policies and his administration.
This could be just a way to funnel or launder money into Ukraine unwarranted.
Government working together to get things done that Americans want to have happen! Wow! No let's protect women's rights!!!
Finland officially announces INTENTION TO JOIN NATO!
FU putin! FU trumputin 'thingy' lickers like you cornyn, cruz, abbortt, prickston, creighton, toth, and brady!🖕🇺🇸‼️.
People are being harmed as we speak, I do hate the idea of war. Let's talk it out though.
Keep helping the Ukrainians. Stop Russia.
SCREW THE UKRAINIAN NAZI BASTATDS!
MY ASSHOLE RINO REP DAVIS VOTED FOR IT & HAS NOW LOST MY SUPPORT. (Rodney Davis)
I'm a Libertarian. I find that Congress was able to quit their one finger salute across the isle and actually pass a bill that will cost the taxpayers through the nose.
The Lend/Lease will bite the US tax payer. The US government and the military industrial complex will lend the weapons to Ukraine and the lease part will be force fed to the taxpayers.
Didn't we lend/leave enough weapons when we pulled stakes and leave all those weapons for the Taliban in Afghanistan almost a year ago.
How about Obama's Operation Fast and Furious where the ATF botched a gunrunning sting ended up outfitting the drug cartel with 1700 guns.
So Biden is good with arming everyone else in the world but target the gun owners in the US.
The Government can't enforce the gun laws on the books and neither can the states and cities but Biden is going to enact even more gun laws.
The money pit or the black hole for money disappears into the abyss they call the DOD/Pentagon. Even the Congress oversight armed services committee can't get a firm figure on what money goes where and spent on what. Over the past couple of decades Trillions of dollars has disappeared and is unaccounted for.
What should happen is an audit of the Fed to be conducted but the likelihood of that happening is about as slim as Congress putting term limits on themselves and more transparency in the House and Senate.
If you've read down this far then my parting words would be, never trust the government to fix a problem they created. If the government would do a lend/lease to a country that doesn't have oil to liberate then the faux pas of lend/lease to a country that does have oil.
It's been done before.
Send Ukraine all the the weapons they ask to receive. Putin must be stopped
Then let's boot turkey out of NATO since Turkey sides with Russia let them deal with any threat from Russia in the future.
Course then you have another "great" American whose sides with Russia Donald Trump. So let's boot Donald Trump out of this country and let him live in Russia with his Russian wife.
I just paid over $100 to fill my tank.
I don't feel safe walking the streets of Houston.
40 Billion plus.... Really :-(
DRAIN THE SWAMP!
More on Rand Paul
Given that McConnell has already publically opposed him and, apparently, that Rand's main objection is accountability, this might be a little attention grabbing for his 2022 reelection bid. "I am a Senator watch me muck things up!" Right.
My guess is they'll throw him a bone, maybe. Or he looses re-election support from the military-industrial gang. Unless Putin is funneling money his way. We'll see soon enough.
"Rand Paul says U.S. backing Ukraine in NATO played role in Russia’s invasion
"The remarks — criticized as an echo of Russian talking points — came during a clash with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who affirmed Kyiv’s right to choose a future independent of Moscow."
By Amy Cheng
Rand Paul holds up $40 billion in aid for Ukraine.
Senator Rand Paul single-handedly holds up $40bn US aid for Ukraine | US Senate | The Guardian
Poor little Randy, is no one paying him enough attention?
Senator Rand Paul single-handedly holds up $40bn US aid for Ukraine | US Senate | The Guardian
"As the Ukraine aid bill became caught in the Senate’s procedural gears, Schumer pleaded for fast action: “The package is ready to go, the vast majority of senators on both sides of the aisle want it.”
"He added: “If Senator Paul persists in his reckless demands … all he will accomplish is to single-handedly delay desperately needed Ukraine aid.”"
"McConnell, Paul’s fellow senator from Kentucky, weighed in, saying: “Ukraine is not asking us to fight this war. They’re only asking for the resources they need to defend themselves against this deranged invasion. And they need this help right now.”"
To be continued...
Russia warns Finland not to join NATO what an F' n, joke, Finland could probably on its own destroy Russia's entire inept third rate army. All due to Putin bleeding his country dry while he lines his pockets with billions. I don't know if I was a Russian standing in line because I couldn't get any cabbage or beets, I would be looking for Putin on every corner to stop this. This little cross eyed jerk needs to be the same thing as Mussolini. At the hands of his own people. The same people he sold out the line is own pockets and his friends pockets.
Send Ukraine all the weapons they need to defeat Putin
Ukraine needs our support, and all Americans should be backing this legislation.
As far as Sweden and Finland go joining NATO it's great, the only person That's Detrimentally affecting Russia's security is Vladimir Putin. With the people of Russia were smart enough they would put an end to it. He has done nothing but steal billions to line his own pockets from that country since he took it over.
Please quit using Ukraine as a proxy war with Russia. Instead, contribute money towards actual on-the-ground CARE for Ukrainians, or on accepting refugees (instead of leaving it to "volunteer" Americans). Actions like these aren't "standing with Ukraine" - they are simply fulfilling our military objectives at the expense of innocents.
Aggression met with aggression is only creating more bloodshed.
This is not our problem, this will only pull the US closer to a conflict with Russia.
We must support Ukraines efforts !
Ukraine needs help. That's all that needs to be said.
This may be the best chance to end this war quickly.
Aside from the likelihood that no one knows where all this money is going to protect a foreign country's borders, I'd like to know. Is Ukraine a 51st State now?
The only people in congress that voted against it appears to be members of the Putin wing of the Republican Party