Senator Rand Paul alone has delayed approving the US $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine.
The allocation of funds has bilateral support in the Senate and was approved by the US House of Representatives earlier this week. It also has the backing of President Joe Biden, whose administration has warned that the rest of Ukraine’s authorized funds will run out by May 19.
“Assistance to Ukraine is not just a matter of philanthropy,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. “Russia’s full aggression will not succeed and will have to pay a heavy price, which is directly related to national security and key interests of the United States.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a top Democrat, accused Paul of making “reckless demands.”
“The package is ready and many senators on both sides of the aisle want it,” he said.
For his part, Paul called for a change in the law to include the Inspector General to oversee Ukraine’s spending. He rejected the proposal to vote on the amendment, which almost proved to be a failure, instead refusing to give swift support to the aid package that should have been brought to the final voting.
Under Senate rules, the unanimous consent of legislators is required to avoid lengthy procedural steps that could delay the passage of legislation.
Paul said, “For whatever reason, the United States of America is my standard for national security.” “We can not save Ukraine by destroying the American economy.”
Paul argues that this large amount exceeds the amount spent by the United States on a number of domestic programs, fueling inflation and further widening the federal deficit.
While supporters of the law dispute that role, the approval marks a significant increase in US military and financial assistance abroad.
With the latest package approved by Congress in March at $ 13.6 billion, US aid to the region could exceed $ 50 billion. According to the impartial Congressional Research Service, the US spent on global military and financial assistance in 2019. More than $ 6 billion.
The latest measures include $ 6 billion in intelligence, equipment and military training for Ukraine and $ 4 billion in funding to help build forces in Kyiv and NATO allies.
This includes $ 8.7 billion for the Pentagon to rebuild arms reserves for Ukraine, $ 3.9 billion for US forces in the region, $ 8.8 billion for the continuation of the Kyiv government and $ 5 billion for food for neighboring countries. To teach English and provide other services to Ukrainian refugees moving to the United States depends on $ 900 million, including war-damaged Ukrainian crops.
The Senate scheduled a formal vote on the bill late Monday and is expected to pass it early next week.
“The thing that surprised me was the level of awareness [Paul] It’s good for Putin, but not for Ukraine’s independence, “he wrote.