The Pentagon declined to provide key details of the Joe Biden administration's request for $37.7 billion in additional funding for Ukraine, a request that would bring the total amount of U.S. taxpayer support for Ukraine since the war began in February to more than $100 billion, Fox News reported.
Last week, the White House requested more money. The letter explained that of the $37.7 billion requested, $21.7 billion would go for equipment for Ukraine, restocking the Defense Department and other support.
However, when the Pentagon was asked how much of that amount would be used to replenish U.S. supplies, it declined to answer.
The administration will likely have to provide more details to Congress before legislation can be passed authorizing increased spending on Ukraine. For example, the first Ukraine funding bill requested by the administration at the beginning of the war called for $40 billion in spending. Of that amount, $6 billion was used to provide weapons, equipment, logistical support, training, and other direct military assistance to Ukraine, while $9 billion went to resupply weapons in the United States.
Lawmakers and other interested parties are increasingly interested in funding U.S. weapons resupply after the country depleted its own stockpiles to help Ukraine.
In October, sources who track U.S. ammunition shipments said it would be increasingly difficult to send high-end weapons such as HIMAR rocket launchers, Javelin anti-tank missiles and others to Ukraine because domestic stocks are very low.
In early October, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, proposed legislation aimed at getting the U.S. to rebuild its depleted stockpile and begin producing these weapons.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown that the United States' ammunition stockpile is dangerously low. We must reinvest not only in ammunition that is critical to America's defense, but also in a workforce that can build these weapons to ensure that our armed forces are ready, Cotton said.
Some Republicans have complained that large spending bills to support Ukraine are filled with non-military items that drive up their costs, and the White House request includes billions in non-military spending.
For example, the latest White House request for $37.7 billion includes a $14.5 billion request that would fund additional security assistance to Ukraine, which would be administered by the State Department, and food security assistance would be administered through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The White House also wants another $626 million to support nuclear security in Ukraine and to upgrade the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce domestic energy costs. The White House states that most of this money will be used to rebuild oil reserves.
Finally, the White House wants another $900 million for medical services to Ukraine through the Department of Health and Human Services.