The Pentagon is warning Congress that the U.S. is nearly out of weapons and ammunition and does not have enough money in the budget to replace it all after Joe Biden depleted our stocks by sending it all to Ukraine.
In a letter to Congress, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord said that the U.S. has “exhausted nearly all” of the funding it was given for Ukraine and is also in need of funding to replenish U.S. military supplies and weapons stockpiles.
“DoD has exhausted nearly all available security assistance funding for Ukraine,” McCord wrote.
Per Just the News:
The Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative is completely out of funding and of the $25.9 billion that Congress allocated to replenish U.S. military stockpiles, just $1.6 billion is left, he also said.
“We have already been forced to slow down the replenishment of our own forces to hedge against an uncertain funding future. Failure to replenish our military services on a timely basis could harm our military’s readiness,” McCord also said.
He added that cutting off funding would “send a negative signal to our defense industrial base,” as it is producing more munitions for the war, which has increased the number of jobs.
The recent stopgap spending bill approved by Congress after much wrangling was stripped of money for Ukraine and many conservative lawmakers are beginning to turn against Biden’s continued push for more Ukraine funding.
According to a report by PBS published last week, the U.S. has handed over an incredible $76.8 billion to Ukraine to help fund its war against the invading Russians.
The whole exercise, though, has left the U.S. vulnerable because we have shipped away all our stockpiles of missiles, ammunition, and other war supplies leaving our own forces dangerously bereft of supplies.