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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) questioned U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power on critical food assistance promised by USAID that has yet to arrive in Ukraine.

On Getting Food Assistance to Ukraine Through USAID:

“We met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States yesterday, a number of senators did, and with regard to humanitarian assistance.

“In terms of the humanitarian crisis created by Russia, Congress understands the importance of taking immediate action to quickly get food to those who desperately need it.

“In March 2022, Congress provided $100 million for Title II Food for Peace program for Ukraine. It has been two months.

“The food aid has still not been delivered to Ukraine. In fact, none of the money has even been spent.

“And since we have already committed to this two months ago, why hasn’t USAID been able to get the food assistance to the people of Ukraine?”


“Another issue facing the quick delivery of critical food to those in need is shipping.

“U.S. law requires at least half of the vessels carrying government authorized food aid on U.S. vessels.

“I understand there are only four U.S. flagged ships the U.S. Government can use to ship the food aid. Not one of the four ships is available.

“It has been estimated it could take an entire year to get the food to Ukraine. In the case of an emergency like this, I know the President may waive the requirement.

“Since the Food for Peace program is run by USAID, have you requested a Presidential waiver in order to address this issue?”

Click here to watch Sen. Barrasso’s remarks on getting food assistance to Ukraine.