(BLP) – The United States money printer keeps on chugging! Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington, D.C. made headlines after the United States House of Representatives moved to approve a $40 billion Ukraine aid package Tuesday. Consensus on the bill proved to be largely bipartisan with a vote count of 368-57. Lawmakers in Washington approved even more taxpayer-funded money to Ukraine than Biden initially requested — approximately $7 billion more, The New York Post reported.
Now Republican Senator Rand Paul is stirring controversy with politicians from both sides of the aisle after he delayed the bill by blocking the votes on Thursday. Paul has stood firm on his decision, insisting that his primary oath of office is to serve the United States alone rather than foreign nations.
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Senate Majority Leader Schmuck Schumer claimed that Paul had objected to an amendment vote on his proposal.
“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 … He is not even asking for an amendment. He is simply saying my way or the highway,” Schumer said, according to The Hill.
“I’m offering to hold a vote on his amendment, even though I disagree with it. Let the chamber speak its will. Let both sides of the aisle have input and for heaven’s sake, let Ukraine funding get done ASAP,” Schumer added.
Senator Paul’s accounts of events appeared to directly contradict those of the senate majority leader.
“All I requested is an amendment to be included in the final bill that allows for the Inspector General to oversee how funds are spent,” Paul posted online. “Anyone who is opposed to this is irresponsible.”
The junior Kentucky senator continued, saying “while I sympathize with the people of Ukraine, and commend their fight against Putin, we cannot continue to spend money we don’t have.” He then pointed out that the passing of this bill would bring the total amount of United States taxpayer money spent in Ukraine to nearly $54 billion in a mere two months.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his support for further policies that will send resources out from the United States and into Ukraine.
“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.
Paul criticized the government for what he called a “slap in the face” to Americans who continue to struggle with unprecedented inflation and continued shortages of a baby formula amidst political initiatives to send American money overseas to Ukraine.
“It’s threatening our own national security, and it’s frankly a slap in the face to millions of taxpayers who are struggling to buy gas, groceries, and find baby formula.”
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