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Tags: Trump Administration | Ukraine | spendingbill | ukraine

WashPost: WH Made Dems Remove Demand on Future Military Aid to Ukraine

By    |   Friday, 20 December 2019 06:29 PM

The White House demanded that House Democrats strip language requiring prompt release of future military aid for Ukraine — or face a veto of a government funding bill, The Washington Post reported.

Citing five unnamed administration and congressional sources, the Post reported that the language was ultimately left out of the $1.4 trillion spending bill, and President Donald Trump promised to sign it. The government shutdown deadline is Saturday.

The Ukraine provision was one of several items the White House drew a hard line on during negotiations to finalize the spending legislation, the Post reported. It would have required the White House to swiftly release $250 million in defense money for Ukraine that was part of the spending package.

The White House this year refused to release congressionally appropriated defense aid to Kyiv during a period when Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice {resident and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The delay was at the heart of House Democrats’ decision to impeach the president.

Attempting to prevent the White House from withholding Ukraine aid again, House Democrats tried to insert language that would have required the White House Office of Management and Budget to sign off on and release Pentagon funding for Ukraine within 45 days, according to the Post.

But as talks on the budget package reached their end, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland made it clear the Ukraine provision wouldn’t fly.

“We made crystal clear that no restriction on the president’s apportionment powers would be acceptable to him regardless of topic,” Ueland told the Post. “And through a lot of negotiation and work back and forth, the administration and Congress were able to reach an appropriate outcome on that issue.”

Ueland and other administration officials said they objected not because the issue related to Ukraine, but to protect executive branch authorities over how the White House handles funding streams that have been approved by Congress.

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The White House demanded that House Democrats strip language requiring prompt release of future military aid for Ukraine - or face a veto of a government funding bill, The Washington Post reported.Citing five unnamed administration and congressional sources, the Post...
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