May 24, 2022

Congress Passes Ukraine Supplemental Funding Bill

In March, the Whitehouse announced that the United States will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing war. 

On May 19, the U.S. Senate voted to pass H.R. 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022. The legislation, which was passed by the House on May 10, appropriates over $40 billion in funding to support Ukraine and those impacted by the ongoing conflict there.  

The measure includes: $350 million for the State Department’s Migration and Refugee Assistance account to provide humanitarian support for refugee outflows from Ukraine (including through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program); $900 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide refugee support services (such as housing, English language classes, trauma and support services, and case management), for those resettled in the United States; and $4.365 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The bill also authorizes Ukrainians granted humanitarian parole to enter the United States, such as beneficiaries of Uniting for Ukraine, to receive many of the same services and benefits provided to those with formal refugee status.  

The authorization excludes the Reception and Placement (R&P) Program and the ability to adjust to a permanent legal status. 

A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here

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