However, Congressional dysfunction has complicated the matter. In the House, far-right opposition has made passing any kind of spending legislation nearly impossible. And in the Senate, there is strong Republican support for military assistance, but some legislators oppose further humanitarian aid, arguing that Ukraine’s European neighbors should be stepping up.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Capitol Hill Thursday to meet with lawmakers and make the case for additional military and humanitarian assistance. He did not take questions after the meetings on what — if any — commitments he secured from Speaker Kevin McCarthy on aid for his defense against Russia, or other subjects.
Zelenskyy was set to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday afternoon.
Sullivan also told reporters that Biden would announce a new military assistance package for Ukraine later Thursday. The package would not include the long-range ATACMS missile system, he said, but did not rule it out as a future possibility.