Pentagon: Congress Must Pass $40B Bill by Thursday to Maintain Ukraine Aid

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has apparently interrupted the Pentagon’s plans of fortifying the Ukrainian armed forces on a regular schedule, as the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war approaches a third full month.

On Tuesday, the senator blocked a proposed $40 billion Ukraine supplemental aid package. And on Friday, Pentagon officials countered by saying the package must garner approval by next Thursday, or the schedule for sending Ukraine weapons might hit a snag.

“May 19 is the day we really — without additional authorities — we begin to not have the ability to send new stuff in,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “It’ll start impacting our ability to provide aid uninterrupted.”

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