Rand Paul Blocks Senate Vote on $40 Billion Ukraine Support

JEA: Whether or not you agree with Ran Paul on different points or not, he…

JEA: Whether or not you agree with Ran Paul on different points or not, he has accomplished nicely by blocking the Senate vote to ship billions of {dollars} to Ukraine, the place Neo-Nazis roam.

By Dave DeCamp

On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked an effort within the Senate to carry a fast vote on the almost $40 billion assist bundle for Ukraine that handed within the Home on Tuesday.

“My oath of workplace is to the US structure to not any overseas nation and irrespective of how sympathetic the trigger, my oath of workplace is to the nationwide safety of america of America,” Paul mentioned on the Senate flooring earlier than blocking the vote. “We can not save Ukraine by dooming the US financial system.”

Paul blocked the vote as a result of he needed to incorporate textual content within the invoice that might create a particular inspector common for oversight of the billions being despatched to Ukraine. He initially supplied to incorporate the oversight as an modification, which might have been voted on individually, however he in the end needed to alter the laws.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have been hoping to get the laws handed on Thursday evening, demonstrating the bipartisan assist for spending large quantities of cash to fund Ukraine’s struggle. Paul’s objection will set the vote again not less than one week.

“The overwhelming majority of senators on each side of the aisle need it. There’s now just one factor holding us again the junior senator from Kentucky is stopping swift passage of Ukraine assist as a result of he desires so as to add on the final minute his personal adjustments straight into the invoice,” Schumer mentioned.

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Within the Home, the $39.8 billion assist bundle handed in a vote of 368-57, with solely Republicans voting towards the laws. The vote got here as People are dealing with hovering fuel costs, and over 8% inflation charges, a 40-year excessive. “People are feeling the ache [from inflation] and Congress appears intent solely on including to that ache by shoveling extra money out the door as quick as they will,” Paul mentioned.

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