Rand Paul demanded amendments to the bill before it was approved. In particular, the senator said that the legislation on providing assistance to other countries should be changed, and the inspector general should control the costs associated with Ukraine, informs Reuters.
In addition, Paul noted that in total, starting from the previous year, Ukraine will receive about $60 billion. According to the senator, this exceeds the budget of the US State Department and could provoke a significant increase in inflation.
“Inflation doesn’t come out of nowhere. This is due to a spending deficit <...> Congress just wants to keep spending and spending, ”said Rand Paul.
In addition, during the meeting, the senator uttered the American idiom “My way or the highway” – that is, he demanded that his terms be fully accepted without the desire to discuss alternative options.
“The cost of this package, on which we are voting today, is more than the United States spent in the first year of the conflict in Afghanistan. <...> This decision also outweighs internal priorities. I swear to the US constitution, not to any foreign nation. And no matter how sympathetic this or that cause is, my oath is for the national security of the United States. We will not be able to save Ukraine by dooming the US economy,” emphasized Rand Paul.
Another Republican Senator Mitch McConnell criticized Paul’s position. “Ukraine is not asking us to participate in this war. They are only asking for the resources they need to protect themselves from this insane invasion. And they need that help right now,” McConnell said.
The son of former US President Donald Trump Jr. also criticized the bill on aid to Ukraine on his social networks. “$40 billion dollars! A shower of money on Ukraine at a time when Americans are suffering. We even have a shortage of baby food. And here is such a “great job”,” he wrote.
On May 10, a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $40 billion was approved in the US House of Representatives (368 votes to 57). The project enjoys strong support in the Senate from both the Democratic and Republican parties. US President Joe Biden asked Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine, but congressmen even increased the proposed amount. To allocate funds to Kyiv, the law must be approved in the Senate and signed by the American leader. Senators planned to agree on the bill this week.
The bill, according to Bloomberg, in particular, included $6 billion in direct security assistance to Kyiv, $8.8 billion in economic support, $9.05 billion to replenish Ukraine’s weapons stockpiles, and $4 billion in assistance to other countries. It is understood that states must purchase weapons, which will subsequently be delivered to Ukraine.
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