Dear Ukraine Supporters,
Ukraine's survival and victory depends on military aid from the US and timely delivery of it. The Supplemental Bill for Ukraine included in the National Security and Border Act, 2024 will be voted on in January or later. At the same time the Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh made a strong connection between the passing of the next Supplemental Bill for Ukraine and future military aid deliveries. That means no significant weapon transfers are planned in the near future.
During the Holiday Season and in January the best we can do for Ukraine is ask our Senators and Representatives without further delay deliver the remaining $4.2 billion Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) in weapons
There is a widely spread misconception that the Pentagon has run out of the replenishment money and therefore new weapon deliveries are not possible until the Congress allocates new funds. However, according to the Pentagon documentation this situation is impossible without serious accounting violations. The Pentagon cannot be using the Congress allocated $25.93 billion in replenishment funds faster than it ships to Ukraine the weapons within the $25.5 billion authorization cap:
MILDEP [Military Department] replacement cost should not be used to determine the replacement value of drawdown articles. MILDEPs should not use replacement cost as the value of defense articles being provided under drawdown authority.
Despite this clearly defined statement many people are under the impression that there are technical obstacles in the way of continuing to provide Military Aid to Ukraine. This is imperative that we urge our Senators and Representatives to use the remaining PDA authorization to supply Ukraine with weapons it needs for survival. This will enable Ukraine to successfully fight against the aggressor, while the US Congress is involved with 2024 US Budget negotiations and other important American priorities.