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US Congress members pledge financial and military support during their visit to Kyiv

Kyiv, Feb 9 (EFE).- A group of congress members from the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence promised Friday in Kyiv that Ukraine can count on the funding promised by Washington, despite being blocked in the Senate.

“The United States fully supports this funding. We support it and we believe that there is overwhelming support in the House and the Senate, and it will get done,” said Republican Mike Turner in a statement quoted by the agency Ukrinform.

A US$95.34 billion bill was advancing on Thursday in the US Senate, after Republicans blocked an earlier compromise bill.

“It’s delayed this year during the course of not only a presidential election year, but also controversies in the House about politics,” US representative French Hill said.

The other two members of the delegation, Democrats Jason Crow and Abigail Spanberger, also stressed their commitment to Ukraine, praising its “impressive” military resilience in the face of Russia’s attacks.

“We stand with Ukraine not just because we understand that defending freedom and democracy around the world is an American value, but we stand with Ukraine because it’s also in America’s interests to do so,” said Crow.

US Senate Democrats unveiled a modified bill on Wednesday to approve a foreign military aid package that includes more than US$60 billion for Ukraine after a bipartisan deal that included immigration restrictions in exchange for Republican support collapsed.

Senators voted 67-32 on Thursday to begin debate on the bill, which could drag on for days. EFE

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