U.S. President Joe Biden will enact Act S.3522 at 2:45 p.m. Washington DC today. lend-lease and the defense of “democracy” in Ukraine. The White House reports.
The said document provides for the resumption of the World War II lend-lease program, which will allow the United States to more effectively send weapons and other supplies to Ukraine against the background of the Russian invasion.
The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 is an act of the US Congress, according to which the Ukrainian government will be supplied with material resources similar to the Lend-Lease Act during World War II . The new law removes bureaucratic hurdles and allows the US government to quickly provide arms and other supplies to Ukraine or to the governments of Eastern European countries affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to fight. Just as during the Second World War, deliveries will be made free of charge to the recipient, with payment deferred until a future time.
Full title: “Law on granting the president expanded powers to enter into agreements with the government of Ukraine on the provision or lease of defense assets to this government to protect the civilian population of Ukraine from the Russian military invasion and for other purposes” (eng. An Act To provide enhanced authority for the President to enter into agreements with the Government of Ukraine to lend or lease defense articles to that Government to protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion, and for other purposes).
The US White House reports that President Biden, as planned, on May 9 at 21:45 Kyiv time (at 14:15 Washington time) will sign the law on Lend-Lease for Ukraine.
On January 19, 2022, John Cornyn, Senator of Texas, submitted the bill to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for consideration.
On April 6, the bill passed a unanimous vote in the Senate and passed on April 7 for consideration in the House of Representatives, which was scheduled for April 27. On April 28, the House of Representatives, by a majority vote, approved the bill.
On April 15, 2022, Russia sent a note to President Biden’s administration warning of “unpredictable consequences” if arms supplies to Ukraine were not stopped.