WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went against both Republicans and Democrats on Thursday when he single-handedly delayed the approval of a massive $40 billion aid package for Ukraine until next week as it besieged Eastern Europe. country the third month of its unprovoked invasion by Russia.
The aid package legislation — backed by both Democrats and Republicans, and backed by President Joe Biden — passed easily in the House on Tuesday by a vote of 368-57, and is expected to pass in the Senate with strong bipartisan support, despite Rand’s last-minute opposition temporarily serves as a roadblock to the unanimous agreement the measure needs to go ahead.
Paul, a libertarian, is known for being against foreign intervention by the United States, saying his heist was designed to put language in the bill so that an inspector general could be appointed to keep track of how the funds are spent in Ukraine. aid package would be spent.
In addition, Paul was critical that the $40 billion being offered to Ukraine is significantly more than the US spends on many domestic programs, expressing concern that such a large giveaway of funds would only serve to exacerbate federal deficits and inflation. .
†As sympathetic as the matter may be, my oath of office is directed to the national security of the United States of America,” said Paul. “We can’t save Ukraine by damning the US economy.”
Paul’s opposition clashes with Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who said before Thursday’s vote that senators from “both sides” of the political aisle — Democrats and Republicans — should come together to “Help us get through this urgent financing bill today.”
“They are only asking for the resources they need to defend themselves against this deranged invasion. And they need this help now,” McConnell said. “Helping Ukraine is not just an example of philanthropy. It directly affects America’s national security and vital interests that Russia’s naked aggression fails and comes at significant cost.”
Despite Paul’s delay, legislation for the Ukrainian aid package is expected to be passed next week.