White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has said on the record that the Biden administration will not promise to separate billions of government dollars that will go to Ukraine from aid money for Americans hurt by Hurricane Ida in Florida or the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii.
Jean-Pierre was asked at the White House press meeting this week if disaster assistance funds should be separated from more help for Ukraine.
“Listen, we think they are both very important,” Jean-Pierre said. “I just told you what happened in Ukraine from the top: 16 civilians died.”
“The President will address the G20, discussing our support for Ukraine and ensuring that the Ukrainian people, who are valiantly defending their democracy and sovereignty, have the resources necessary to repel Russia’s aggression,” the spokeswoman added.
Jean-Pierre said that the help from the United States to Ukraine was “important for assisting a country to keep fighting for their democracy.”
According to her, President Joe Biden feels that it is “our job” and “duty” to “ensure that Ukraine fights for its democracy and sovereignty once more.”
The person who spoke for Biden said, “We are not going to talk about hypotheticals regarding decoupling anything right now.”
She also said, “These projects are important. These government projects are very important and must be done.”
From the Florida Phoenix:
“FEMA says that the emergency aid fund will have a deficit of at least $4 billion. In August, the Biden administration sent Congress a proposal for a supplemental package. It included $12 million for disaster aid to pay for recent natural disasters such as the fire in Maui as well as the wake of Hurricane Idalia. However, in the same spending plan, the president asked for more than $24 billion to help Ukraine pay for its defense needs as it fights Russia.”
Republicans in Florida are trying to split the causes of helping Ukraine and helping people who have been hurt by natural disasters in the United States. The White House of President Biden doesn’t seem to want to separate the link between the two.
Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came up with the Federal Disaster Responsibility Act, which is a bill to separate disaster help in the United States from aid to Ukraine. The bill would give $16.5 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s fund for emergency aid.
“Families should not have to worry about whether the federal government will respond to a disaster or if they will be used as a negotiating chip in a large-scale spending bill,” Scott stated in a statement. “NEVER should money for Ukraine be tied to disaster aid for American families. All of the parts of this bill have already been passed by Congress, so it needs to do what it’s supposed to and achieve it again.”