JUST IN: Sen. Rand Paul BLOCKS $40B Ukraine Aid Package
Fiscal conservatives are praising Sen. Rand Paul for blocking a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine – a bill that not a single person on Capitol Hill has been able to read.
Paul objected to a deal offered by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that would have set up votes on Thursday afternoon on the funding and on an amendment from Paul, who wanted to include language in the bill to expand an Afghanistan inspector general role to include oversight of the Ukraine funds.
“Our total aid to Ukraine will almost equal the entire military budget of Russia,” Paul said. “The cost of this package we are voting on today is more than the U.S. spent during the first year of the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan. Congress authorized force and the president sent troops into the conflict. The same cannot be said of Ukraine.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) calls $40 billion military aid package to Ukraine “a gift” and blocks it from passing. pic.twitter.com/Lxfez8LApb— The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the "only one thing holding us back" from passing $40B in aid for Ukraine.— The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2022
"He is simply saying my way or the highway," Schumer says, referring to Paul's desire for a special IG to oversee the spending. pic.twitter.com/UxhawnltMd