Senate passes $40 billion in aid to Ukraine during 40-year inflation

The Senate on Thursday passed legislation granting $40 billion in economic and military aid to Ukraine as Americans suffer from food shortages and inflation.

The Senate voted on HR 7691, the Ukraine supplemental aid package, which passed 86-11. The vote featured strong Republican and Democratic support for the bill; however, some populist Senate Republicans opposed the legislation, believing that America should focus on domestic crises such as 40-year high inflation and formula shortages.

Sense. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mike Lee (R-UT), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) vote against the invoice.

Populist Republicans in the Senate couldn’t stop the Senate’s overwhelming support to stop the legislation, even though it required 60 votes, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) managed to delay passage of the bill until ‘on Thursday.

paul said Breitbart Daily News host Alex Marlow that the United States should borrow the $40 billion to send the tens of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine. The Senate did not vote on Paul’s proposed amendment to have an inspector general ensure the billions were spent wisely.

Paul lamented the “bipartisan consensus” that Republicans must give Democrats more social spending to get more military spending.

The bill’s delay has sparked extra scrutiny for the legislation, leading many lawmakers to question the need for the United States to increasingly intervene on Ukraine’s behalf during its conflict with Russia.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has also become a vocal critic of the Ukraine aid bill, saying it is not in the interests of the United States.

“Spending $40 billion on aid to Ukraine – more than three times what all of Europe has spent combined – is not in the interests of the United States. It neglects priorities at home (the border), allows Europe to charge for free, bypasses critical interests overseas, and comes with no meaningful oversight,” Hawley wrote.

“It’s not isolationism. It is nationalism. This is about putting American security and American interests first,” he added.

Haley mentioned, “Ukraine’s $40 billion bill represents a return to nation building. Bad choice. I am no.

“I support helping Ukraine kick out the Russian invasion, but as inflation, gas prices and shortages hit Americans here at home, I can’t stand $40 billion in new spending unless they are offset by cuts or taken from already authorized funds, especially when the Europe Union does not match what we are doing to end this conflict in their own backyard,” said said Braun, who voted against the legislation, in a statement this week.

“I fully support Ukraine and its efforts to repel Russian aggression. However, I am concerned about this particular request. President Biden has asked for $33 billion, but we are voting on a $40 billion package. It is important to give Ukraine the support it needs, but we also need to be pragmatic about how much money we spend,” Lummis, who also voted against the bill, said in a statement.

In contrast, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), argued that America should send Ukraine tens of billions of dollars in aid to “stand with the freedom-loving Ukrainian people.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “America is by nature a hands-off nation. However, America has always been the arsenal of democracy and has stood up for freedom when very few would.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said, “Let’s be clear: Supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia puts U.S. security interests first. We must also point out that over the past 17 months, @POTUS could have done much more to deter Russia and much less to appease Putin.

The Ukraine aid package also passed the House with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans, although 57 Republicans voted against the legislation.

Breitbart News defense reporter Kristina Wong detailed spending for the Ukraine aid package, which includes $20 billion for the Department of Defense:

Legislation is sent to President Joe Biden’s office for signing.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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