SECDEF Urges House to Pass Aid Bill, Creating U.S. Jobs

February 14, 2024

In a statement Tuesday, Secretary Austin praised the Senate for passing a foreign aid bill to support Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. He urged the House to follow suit, in part because of the domestic economic benefit:

This bill also strengthens our domestic industries and provides resources to create more good American jobs across the country, including $20 billion to buy new capabilities and gear to restock U.S. military inventories, $13.8 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $3.3 billion to strengthen the U.S. submarine industrial base. As was the case for previous supplementals, the bulk of the supplemental would flow through our defense industrial base, supporting American jobs in dozens of states across our country and creating greater prosperity at home and greater security around the world.

DOD recently updated figures showing where in the U.S. the Pentagon is spending money to support Ukraine.

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February 14, 2024

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