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Biden to request $100bn package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan – Report

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US President Joe Biden will seek a joint $100 billion package from Congress for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and the border crisis with Mexico, according to AFP on Tuesday.

The White House has not yet announced the request, which was first revealed by Bloomberg and which aims to overcome the congressional deadlock caused by the lack of a speaker in the House of Representatives.

The package is designed to unite Democrats, who have been pushing for more aid for Kyiv for weeks, and Republicans, who want funds to strengthen security on the southern border.

Biden reassured key allies on Tuesday that the US military aid for Ukraine will continue, but the White House warned that it will run out in months if Republicans in Congress block new funds.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Congress in September to persuade Republicans to maintain the aid and help his country resist Russian aggression.

The US also faces pressure to support its longtime ally Israel, which is at war with Hamas. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he will work to approve an aid package for Israel “hopefully within the next few weeks.”

He said the package will include military, humanitarian, intelligence, and diplomatic assistance.

The Senate will also vote on a resolution condemning Hamas and debate the confirmation of a new ambassador to Israel on Wednesday.

Tensions have also increased in recent months over Taiwan, the self-ruled democracy that China claims and has not ruled out taking by force.

The official US position on intervention is vague, with the United States — which only recognizes Beijing — focusing on providing weapons to Taiwan for its self-defense.

Biden has said he would support sending US forces to defend Taiwan.

 

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