On Monday, the US Senate voted to move legislation that would provide $40 billion in assistance to Ukraine, while Americans are continuing to suffer from inflation and food shortages.
The Senate voted to cut off debate on the Ukraine Supplemental Aid Package, which means the bill will move forward. The motion passed 81-11, meaning that the Senate may now begin discussing the Ukraine assistance package.
The bill would provide Ukraine with roughly $20 billion in military supplies and around $20 billion in economic, humanitarian, and other assistance.
Although Senate Republicans and Democrats generally supported the bill, many populist-leaning GOP lawmakers such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) have opposed it.
The legislation was opposed by Sens. Paul, Hawley, Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) in the Senate.
Schumer and McConnell, the Senate’s top Democratic and Republican leaders, have attempted to rush the bill through the chamber; nevertheless, Paul has requested that a special inspector general be added to oversee how Ukraine military assistance is dispensed.
“My oath of office is to the United States Constitution, not to any other country and not to any cause, no matter how humanitarian it may appear. We can’t save Ukraine by destroying the US economy.” Paul stated on the Senate floor last week.
“I will do everything I can to postpone it until tomorrow,” Paul added. “Because I believe we should have an inspector general. We currently have one who is in charge of Afghan waste. He’s done a great job. You don’t need to wait for an appointment. He has a team up and running, so that’s what we should do.”
According to the interventionist Quincy Institute’s Kelley Vlahos, Paul “single-handedly” prevented the Ukraine aid package from advancing.
Vlahos added, “Lawmakers, who have moved billions of dollars through Congress in what appears to be record time over the last two months, are predictably irritated.”
Representative Mike Hawley called the aid package “pointless” and “meaningless,” adding, “It has no real oversight over the enormous spending bill.”
“Spending $40 billion on aid for Ukraine — over three times what all of Europe has spent combined — is not in the United States’ interests. It disregards priorities at home (the border), lets Europe freeload, shortchanges important interests abroad, and comes with no meaningful oversight,” Hawley stated.
The Senate voted to advance this bill as Americans are continuing to suffer from a baby formula scarcity and a record 40-year high inflation.
“That isn’t isolationism. That’s patriotism,” one of the guests, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, explained. “It’s about putting American security and interests first.”