WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (NYT) – The U.S. Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown on Saturday by passing a stopgap spending bill to temporarily keep the government open; however, the bill did not include any additional aid for Ukraine. The White House and leaders of both parties in the Senate pushed for more Ukraine funding to be included, and the failure to do so highlighted the decreasing willingness of some Republicans to fund Kyiv’s war effort.
Members of both parties said they were confident that further financial commitments would be agreed to. Ukraine’s government said yesterday it was also confident that the U.S. would continue to support the country in its war with Russia.
Despite the lack of additional support for Ukraine, the bill does continue funding at current levels for 45 days and won’t immediately affect the pipeline of U.S. military aid. The bill also keeps in place a program to send money to Ukraine for purposes including training troops, and the Pentagon still has the authority to draw about $5.6 billion in arms and equipment from existing stockpiles.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy signaled yesterday that he was willing to make a deal to keep military assistance flowing to Ukraine, but that such an agreement would depend on Congress’s making significant changes to U.S. border security.