Rand Paul single-handedly delays Senate approval of $40B Ukraine aid package. https://t.co/ymFfNomDhB— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 13, 2022
Sen. Rand Paul knows that there is a lot that’s fishy in the Ukrainian aid package. He is a) unhappy to spend billions of dollars we don’t have, b) unconvinced that there will be full transparency or oversight for this donation so has asked that the Inspector General examines the details of the Bill before it is voted upon, c) ballsy enough to go up against fellow Kentuckian Leader McConnell who has been pushing this “bi-partisan” proxy war aid like a man possessed, and d) inclined to support fellow Americans not Ukrainians.
Rand argued that …the added spending was a significant sum that would deepen federal deficits and worsen inflation. Last year’s budget deficit was almost $2.8 trillion but likely headed downward, and the bill’s spending is less than two-tenths of 1% the size of the U.S. economy, suggesting its impact on inflation would be negligible. No matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy.”
The legislation was approved by the House and has strong support in the Senate. Final passage is not in doubt and it will be undoubtably be submitted to the Oval Office. The Democrats fought his suggestion to involve the IG, “because it would expand the powers of an existing inspector general whose current purview is limited to Afghanistan.”