Skip to comments.Senate OKs $40B Ukraine aid bill for Biden’s signature
Posted on 05/19/2022 11:44:13 AM PDT by RandFan
A $40.1 billion aid package to help arm the Ukrainian military and provide economic and humanitarian relief is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk roughly three weeks after he asked Congress for another emergency cash infusion.
The Senate voted 86-11 Thursday to clear the supplemental funding bill, with all of the “no” votes coming from Republicans. Biden is expected to sign the measure quickly, as Thursday was the day his administration anticipated Defense Department funding and “drawdown” authority to send weapons and equipment to Ukraine would run out.
The outcome was preordained after a 368-57 vote in the House last week and after the Senate voted 88-11 to proceed with debate on the measure Tuesday. A large majority of GOP lawmakers in each chamber voted to advance the package.
“Today the Senate will approve more lethal assistance for Ukraine, and it’s going to be a big bipartisan landslide. I encourage every senator on both sides to join this bipartisan supermajority,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor before Thursday’s vote. “The most expensive and painful thing America could possibly do in the long run would be to stop investing in sovereignty, stability and deterrence before it’s too late.”
There remained an undercurrent of skepticism among Republicans, however, who argued the package was too large and should be financed with cuts elsewhere in the budget.
“The vast majority of Americans sympathize with Ukraine and want them to repel the Russian invaders. But if Congress were honest, they would take the money from elsewhere in the budget or ask Americans to pay higher taxes or, heaven forbid, loan the money to Ukraine instead of giving it to Ukraine,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said during debate earlier this week. “But Congress will do what Congress does best: spend other people’s money.”
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer blamed GOP reticence on fealty to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” philosophy.
“It is beyond troubling to see a growing circle of Senate Republicans proudly oppose Ukrainian funding,” Schumer said on the floor Thursday. “It appears more and more MAGA Republicans are on the same soft-on-Putin playbook that we saw used by former President Trump.”
Given a choice between our collection of incompetent congress-critters (both House and Senate) and Mos Eisley, the latter would be the obvious choice. Hopefully, they WILL pay for this following CW-II and the death of the guilty.
Another tiny down payment on the trillion dollar generational East European arms race we’ve been committed to.
There’s no roll list in this “Roll Call” article?
“It appears more and more MAGA Republicans are on the same soft-on-Putin playbook that we saw used by former President Trump.”
For once Schumer speaks the truth.
$40.1 Billion? We couldn’t even shave off the .1 ?
Maybe it’s just the tip.
Sreiously! Why couldnt they just round it up to 41?
It appears more and more MAGA Republicans are on the same soft-on-Putin playbook
that we saw used by former President Trump.”
Trump wasnt soft, just kept Putin guessing.
Roughly 20 billion about a month ago, now 40 billion. Just wondering, next month will it be 60 or 80? Do we add 20 monthly or do we double? Asking for my kids, as they will be the ones footing the bill.
We printed out trillions in covid relief, whats a few billion!
Better spent arming Ukraine than giving hand outs that caused this inflation we are experienceing.
Well well! Somebody had been saying that the rats are panicking over the midterms...well that’s a lot of panicking cause they always get what they want. They make up some stupid insanity bills and the gullible idiots corrupt freaking Republicans helps them put the effin knives 🔪 in our backs! Our effin Republicans rePUKE leaders are saying to each other..”screw our base!” This was an golden opportunity for them to destroy the evil rats and put a stake once and for all in their hearts but instead they joined in with them to put the stake through the heart of the American people. They have no fear of us whatsoever! They are POS money hungry bastards! I loathe them!
New World Order leaders using the US up so they once again have European control. While they're sending all our military equipment overseas.
This equation will doom this country.
LOL. Never let reality get in the way of a stupid slogan!
This bill is a hand-out to the Military Industrial Complex and anyone who can claim "Ukraine or related events."
It includes nearly $1 billion for refugee resettlement. Many $ billions to be handed out to Africa.
You can all read it yourself here
And 10% for the Big Guy.
Fine with me. We can be fine with Trump handing out trillions in Copvid relief we can be fine with this.
Cha friggin’ ching eh CONgress critters. “So, Jim, do ya like money? BIG money?” “Here’s all ya gotta do....”
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