A Day in Ukraine Costs More than Total Maui Relief So Far

(UnitedVoice.com) – The Russian war on Ukraine has been raging for more than a year and a half. American lawmakers and President Joe Biden have authorized more than $113 billion in aid. New information reveals the Ukrainian military is spending more money in one day than the total relief pledged to Maui, Hawaii so far.

Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov recently told reporters the country spends $100 million on the war daily. The US has spent the equivalent of $223 million per day since Russia invaded the nation in February 2022. Many Americans are asking why the federal government is spending so much money on another country’s war when people are suffering in Hawaii.

In early August, wildfires ripped through Maui. At least 115 people died in the Lahaina Fire. The wildfire was the deadliest in modern history. Governor Josh Green (D) estimates the damages to the island could reach up to $6 billion.

In the immediate aftermath of the fires, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) announced Biden was sending $3.8 million in assistance to residents of the island to pay for rental assistance, food, water, and other disaster relief. The US Department of Energy has also approved $95 million, which was taken from the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s funding, to pay for upgrades and repairs to the electric grid. Early reports claimed the Maui fires were started by electrical wires.

The administration has also asked Congress for $16 billion in funding for FEMA. According to reports, $12 billion of that was already requested, but the White House sought an additional $4 billion in funding as they try to fund the recovery from the fires and Hurricane Idalia.

Still, the total amount the president has committed to Maui is significantly less than what Reznikov says Ukraine is burning through in a day. Why is the administration spending more overseas than in our very own country?

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