Skip to comments.Rand will hold up any spending stopgap that includes Ukraine funding
Posted on 09/21/2023 10:35:17 PM PDT by RandFan
Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday he will hold up any funding bill to keep the government open past Sept. 30 if it includes funding for the war in Ukraine.
“Today I’m putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding. I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more U.S. aid to Ukraine,” Paul wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
That means if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to add Ukraine money to a stopgap measure to fund federal departments and agencies, he would have to go through the time-consuming process of filing cloture and scheduling a vote to end debate on the bill, which would take a few days.
The country risks a shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass what’s known as a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Sept. 30.
The problem Schumer faces is that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hasn’t been able to muster up enough votes in the House to pass a CR and send it to the Senate.
The impasse in the House is holding up action in the Senate, giving Paul leverage to threaten Ukraine funding.
President Biden has requested $24 billion in security and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
Senators are scheduled to receive a classified briefing on Ukraine at 5 p.m. Wednesday ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the Old Senate Chamber.
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Are the bulk bags of popcorn still on the shelves?
“The country risks a shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass whats known as a continuing resolution...”
Just like the other HUNDREDS of CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS our scum politicians advance.
Rand and his father both have some serious blind spots, and one is that the USA, for better or worse, has to play a major role in the world outside its’ borders. Abandoning that role will make a world that Americans will not be happy to live in. This is not 1900 anymore, or even 1940. Our oceans are no longer any protection, and our industries can’t survive on just the raw materials and basic products found within our borders. Like or or lump it, protecting Ukraine from Moscow is in our long term interests.
Amazing, Congress still has some measure of control.
God bless Rand Paul !
Not one cent for this murderous, globalist regime in Kiev !
Yes, protecting Ukraine’s borders is far more important than our own. /S
He should have added plus an audit to find out where all that money went.
If we do it your way, we won’t have anything left here to protect our country. Ukraine will have it all. Ukraine isn’t part of NATO. Not our problem. Russia and Ukraine are corrupt. Neither country is free. They shouldn’t have stolen half the money we gave them.
Rand the Man!
Excuse me but the American people can’t monetarily support this war.
It’s about time we start thinking about our nation and our people . Use those monies to close the boarder. Thats in our long term interest. I don’t care if they kill each other off over there. Lets get our house in order before we lose everything!
Good. Glad to hear it. Do any other senators have a spine?
All I can say is what took you so long?
“ . . . protecting Ukraine from Moscow is in our long term interests.”
The same words were used to justify the Vietnam War. Fifty years later the victor, communist Vietnam, is a major US trading partner and beneficiary of our nation exporting its manufacturing infrastructure. Fifty thousand dead Americans, the ripping apart of our society, and trillions in today’s dollars wasted on protecting South Vietnam from being conquered by communists.
There are no long term interests for a nation that funds a proxy war in Ukraine while allowing millions of invaders to cross its own borders each year and settle inside the homeland. There are no long term interests for a debtor nation unable to repay its debts, yet sending hundreds of billions other countries. There are no long term interests for a nation whose government does not protect its own citizens at home from criminals, predatory corporations, the tyranny of the state bureaucracy, and a politicized two tier justice system. There are no long term interests for a nation which has rejected God.
I completely disagree, and bringing back those old canards of isolationism of 1900s and before WWII is worthless in this day and age and after MULTIPLE US involvements in pointless and costly wars Congress never declared.
It’s NOT in my interest, it’s NOT in my budget and supporting Biden, Zelensky, NATO, the MIC and other meddlers money coveters trying to hide other stuff is definitely NOT in my interests.
Even at 78, I expect to live long enough to poke my finger in your figurative chest (after Moscow occupies 100% of Ukraine and starts in on the Baltic states) to say “I Told You So”.
Blah, blah.....go spend somebody else’s money and sacrifice yourown grandchildren or children to that fiasco of bribery, misinformation and hidden agendas. Not me or mine. I did my time 68-76, not for my son or grandchildren. That’s my “poke at your FIGURATIVE chest.”
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