Senator’s Objection Derails Ukraine Aid Bill

The Senate hoped to pass nearly $40 billion in Ukraine aid before leaving town for the week.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had other plans.

After senators and their staffers negotiated in private for hours to find a path forward, Paul objected to the deal that would have allowed Thursday afternoon votes on the funding and a separate amendment from Paul.

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Paul blocked the vote because he wants his language in the text of the bill instead of a separate amendment, which runs the risk of not passing. Only one objection is needed to block a “quick vote”.

“I think they’re going to have to go through the long way,” Paul told The Hill about what will come of the bill.

The language Paul wants included is to expand an Afghanistan inspector general bill to include oversight of the Ukraine funds.

He warned about the pace of US spending on Ukraine aid, saying that “we cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy.”

“Americans are feeling the pain [of inflation] and Congress seems intent only on adding to that pain by shoveling more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) both fired back.

“Ukraine is not asking us to fight this war. They’re only asking for the resources they need to defend themselves against this deranged invasion, and they need help right now,” McConnell said.

“There is now only one thing holding us back, the junior senator from Kentucky is preventing swift passage of Ukraine aid because he wants to add, at the last minute, his own changes directly into the bill,” Schumer said in response to Paul’s objection.

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Terri
Terri
3 days ago

While I am all for helping the Ukraine I think this proposal is over the top. We need to put a limit on how much aid we give other countries when people in our country are hurting due to inflation, rising gas costs and all that’s given to illegals!

Not A SmuckLikeThem
Not A SmuckLikeThem
3 days ago

Good for him, stopping these idiots from spending recklessly!

tom d
3 days ago

At least ONE senator is responsible with Our money, and objects to the government out of control spending, which is causing the rest of us to feel the inflationary pain. We need some of that Ukraine aid on the SOUTHERN BORDER of our OWN country for the wall and other illegal crossing controls. How about 20 Billion to UKraine and 10 billion for ourselves on the southern border? And we can “not spend” 10 billion. Makes Perfect sense.

ourzoo10
ourzoo10
3 days ago

You go Senator Paul…these creeps are pushing way too hard on things that shouldn’t even be considered.

LIZ
LIZ
3 days ago

YOU ARE THE ONLY SMART ONE IN THE GROUP. WE AGREE YOU ARE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
HOWEVER, WHAT WOULD BE BETTER IS TO IMPEACH BIDEN, KAMALA, AND OBAMA. PLACE SOROS ON CHARGES FOR PAYOFFS TO PROTESTORS TO INCITE DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION TO OUR COUNTRY FOR THE VIOLENCE AND KILLINGS IT HAS COMMITTED.

Kathe
Kathe
2 days ago

Ourzoon10 got it right, We the People need to know just where and what our tax dollars are being spent. We are so In Debt, we need more oversight on what is being spent and spent Wisely. Ukraine may need help but America should not be the sole provider nor the main provider, there are Other Nations that need to pitch in. Frankly, we don’t have Any Money, it is All Borrowed.

D C
D C
2 days ago

what more money to funnel to their ‘secret accounts’ disguised as aid, heck no!
kuddos RP!

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