Dem-controlled Congress trying to ram through another massive Ukraine funding bill before cost-cutting GOP takes over
Republicans are widely expected to retake control of the House and/or Senate during next month's midterm elections, leaving Democrats who now control both chambers little time to push through their remaining agenda items, one of which is a massive new spending bill for the east European money pit known as Ukraine.
GOP leaders have already signaled that the party won't simply continue to rubber-stamp Ukrainian spending bills as Democrat leaders appear poised to push another $50 billion package to Joe Biden's honey hole, AntiWar.com reported this week
"House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who is poised to take over as speaker if the GOP wins a majority in the House in the November midterm elections, warned this week that his fellow party members are 'not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,'" NBC News
added, especially since the national debt has surpassed $31 trillion
under Biden and the Democrat Congress.
With that threat against a new funding bill for Ukraine on the table, a bipartisan measure currently being considered would see a spending package for Ukraine attached to a federal government funding bill during the lame-duck session of Congress after the midterm elections. That measure already includes more military and financial assistance to Kyiv as Russian President Vladimir Putin's military is already training and deploying some 300,000 conscripts and reserves called up to throw into combat.
Just last month, Congress approved another $12 billion in aid and war materiel for Ukraine, but the next measure is far larger, NBC News
reported. The new amount will be large enough “to make sure [Ukraine] can get through the year,” said a Republican senator with knowledge of the matter in remarks to the outlet. “It’ll make the $12 billion look like pocket change.”
Meanwhile, Americans are continuing to suffer under record-high inflation with gas, food, fuel, and housing costs through the roof since Biden and his party took the reins of power. In fact, inflation is so high that it essentially wiped away an entire month's pay for the average household, leaving those Americans with 11 months' worth of salary to cover 12 months' worth of bills.
Many Republican candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump have questioned the amount of U.S. aid delivered to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian forces, which invaded the country in February. They argue that the U.S. has more pressing domestic problems, that Ukraine’s fate is not tied to U.S. national interests and that European allies should be delivering a larger share of the weapons and other assistance to Kyiv.
Needless to say, Biden defended the additional spending for a country where his son was a major part of the corruption there, being appointed to the board of the largest energy company so he could rake in some $50,000 a month in 'consulting' fees.
“They said that if they win they’re not likely to fund, to continue to fund Ukraine," he said this week. "These guys don’t get it. It’s a lot bigger than Ukraine. It’s Eastern Europe. It’s NATO. It’s really serious, serious consequential outcomes.”
Says the guy who has literally been wrong on every single major foreign policy issue during his 50-plus years in Washington.
Many House Republicans also point out that the money would be better spent protecting Americans, as in shoring up the chaotic southwestern border Kamala Harris is supposed to be handling.
“My constituents are saying, ‘Why are we more worried about Ukraine’s borders than we are about America’s borders?’ My constituents are not sitting there going, ‘Gosh, we have to save Ukraine’s borders,’” Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, a member of the conservative Trump-aligned Freedom Caucus, said.