Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that he expects the Senate will hold a vote on the nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine on Wednesday.
“We expect to invoke cloture — hopefully by a significant margin — on the motion to proceed on Monday, which would set us up to approve the supplemental on Wednesday,” McConnell said in Sweden after visiting Ukraine on Saturday.
By invoking cloture, the Senate can limit the debate on an issue to 30 hours and hold a vote after that time. This past Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked the Senate from voting on the massive aid package, which had already passed in the House.
The Pentagon has said Congress needs to pass the $39.8 billion aid package to avoid delays in weapons shipments to Ukraine. “May 19 is the day we really — without additional authorities — we begin to not have the ability to send new stuff in,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “It’ll start impacting our ability to provide aid uninterrupted.”
Paul blocked the vote because he wanted to add text to the bill that would create a new inspector general for oversight of the billions in weapons that are being poured into Ukraine, but he also noted the economic pain Americans are feeling due to the 40-year high inflation and soaring gas prices.
“Americans are feeling the pain and Congress seems intent only on adding to that pain by shoveling more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul said.
Despite Paul’s delay, the aid is expected to easily pass through the Senate once a vote is held. In the House, the measure passed in a vote of 368-57, with only Republicans voting against the legislation. Once signed by President Biden, the new aid package will bring the total US expenditure on the war in Ukraine to over $53 billion.
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If GOPe believes it can run on foreign affairs and tax cuts for companies and people who hate its base they are sadly mistaken. Those of us in flyover country couldn’t give a damn less about this crap.
No shelter for YOU, the homeless of Amerikkka.
No food assistance for YOU, Amerikkkans who are struggling to feed their families.
No improvements in education for YOU, children of Amerikkka.
No combatting climate change for YOU, ecologically-minded Amerikkkans.
No infrastructure improvements for YOU, commuters who drive on unsafe roads and bridges on your way to work in Amerikkka.
No assistance for YOU, seniors who must choose between eating and taking their heart medication in Amerikkka.
Because, you must understand, as citizens of AMERIKKKA, you mean nothing. Only war and the “defense” industry count.
Reminds me of Gil Scott Heron – “Now Whitey’s on the Moon.” Only now it would be, “40 Billion for Ukraine.”
The revolution will not be televised
The bill should be called the Stealing From America Bill.
It is criminal to give the drug addict drag queen Zelensky one dime of American money.
I’d like to cloture McConnell.
What is America trying so desperately to hide in Ukraine that congress would give $40 Billion away to protect the sovereignty of this corrupt dictatorship?
It must be very damming to America if the truth became public!
Bioweapons research, probably.
My thoughts exactly.
So far there have been reports of the following NATO elites surrendering at Azovstal.
– US Lt. Gen. Roger Cloutier
– Canadian General Trevor Cadieu
– US Admiral Eric Olson
– British Lieutenant Colonel John Bailey
While not confirmed (it could all be propaganda) it will be interesting to see who actually is there when the dust settles.
We know NATO is indirectly involved. But it would be interesting indeed who they have captured. Of course U.S. media will censor this report.
Nancy Pelosi in the house said…….”Slava Ukraina, Glory to Ukraine” A WW2 Nazi salute used by Stepan Bandera and the OUN
You are manipulating history. Slava Ukraina has zero association to Nazis but it does in the Russian Propaganda outlets to degrade Ukrainian’s love for their nation.
Based on your statement, every Ukrainian is a Nazi as they all say that all the time.
Ukrainian’s love for their nation.
I can see their love in the way they’re greeting Russia as liberators.
The only ones greeting Russians are the Russian Separatists that live in Eastern Ukraine. Still, they are not the majority in those regions.
The only people more happy to see the Russians than the civilians are the surrendering Ukrainian soldiers abandoned by their commanders.
Absolute rubbish. This salute was enacted by the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) an outfit started in the 1930s that was blatantly fascist and racist and called for the extermination of Russians, Poles, Jews and Roma within the Ukrainian territories.
We listen to Dave DeCamp & former Office of Management & Budget’s David Stockman*. We don’t like it.
Scott Horton’s Antiwar radio.
“May 19 is the day we really — without additional authorities — we begin to not have the ability to send new stuff in,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “It’ll start impacting our ability to provide aid uninterrupted.”
Today is the 16th. Rand Paul needs to do a three day filibuster. Put some tennis shoes on, get a boatload of amphetamines, a bucket for defecation and urination and have at it. Make Kirby cry some real tears.
The old talking filibusters were cool, but that’s not how it works anymore.
I wasn’t sure. Wishful thinking on my part
Before cloture introduce another calling for officially declaring US Government BDS, in memory of the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, and declaring the IDF a terrorist organization.
Why was this womam’slife more valuable than the 19 Israelis killed in recent weeks? Or the 30 Palestininians?
I know nothing of the 19 Israelis. If they were like most of us simply caught in an unjust situation their deaths are tragic and their blood is on the hands of the unjust aggressor, the IDF. Shireen Abu Akleh was engaged in a humane occupation covering a struggle against a powerful oppressor. What sets her apart, and Rachel Corrie et.al., is the barbaric quality of these murders of such righteously heroic women by parties under no threat or provocation whatsoever.
I remember people reading out of phone books to block civil rights legislation,Cool?
My favorite was when Robert Byrd (D-VA) spent something like three hours talking about his dog.
But the talking filibuster went away when they decided to just require 60 votes for “cloture” (end of debate, move to a vote), which is what the talking filibuster was intended to forestall. These days, more than 40 Senators prepared to vote no on cloture is referred to as a “filibuster.”
May 19 is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, Malcolm X, and Yuri Kochiyama.
Mitch McConnell, leader of the “controlled opposition”, is married to long-time CFR member Elaine Chao. The globalist CFR network has dominated US policy since WW2, and its sponsors include the major finance, energy, defense, media and pharma corporations.
Most of the key players on the “Biden team” are CFR members, including the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Agriculture and ‘Homeland Security’. Also the CIA director, Fed chairman, UN ambassador; the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force; and dozens of deputies, advisors, etc.
It’s time to correct this statement Mr. DeCamp…!
Chinese State TV has released a video reportedly showing a Russian tank being blown up on the outskirts of Mariupol. The incredible video shows the tank’s turret flying nearly 80 metres into the air.
Chinese military journalists working for the occupiers recorded the explosion of a Russian tank lined up by Ukrainian soldiers in the immediate vicinity.
According to Censor.NЕТ, video was published in China, spread in the social networks.The footage shows the moment of the explosion and the high flight of the torn off turret of the Russian tank.
It seems like Russia’s arms manufacturers have built in a very powerful ejection seat in their tanks by mistake. I’m not sure if the Russian tank crews appreciate this, they aren’t pilots after all…
Any idea what kind of tank it was?
The T-72 scared the hell out of us in 1991, until it became obvious that talking to it harshly resulted in turret separation.
Yeah, that’s when the US hatched the idea of the javelin, right?
Don’t think they comment on what tank it was, but I think all tanks older than the T-90 are susceptible to “popping” their turrets.
I recall the Iraqis managed to pop the top on our M1 Abrams on occasion.
Very interesting, would love to read about it.
If it wasn’t a dream of your, that is.
Nothing is for free… Expect US to milk this money back from NATO members specially from newbies Finland and Sweden once their membership to the block is finalized…!
It seems to be only the alt-right opposing war these days, and getting labeled pro-Putin as a result. The so-called left is not only supporting the war, but also supporting far-right nazi groups embedded in Ukraine’s military and government while accusing the alt-right of being nazis.
Bizarre? David Stockman (Pres Reagan OMB* director) Stockman argues “ that the irrational motivator behind Washington’s actions is Trump-Derangement Syndrome — that Putin* is a surrogate for Trump and you need to demonstrate blind hatred for him“. While Former Representative Dr Ron Paul & Daniel McAdams believe even delaying these tens of Billion is feared (by War Party)because it gives other Senators time to think and potentially reconsider.
*which is stupid as Russian society is 145 million & more than one-man.
There’s been hatred (blind or otherwise) for Putin since long before Donald Trump as president became a real prospect.
Boris Berezovsky & the oligarchs that where outmanuevered by him. It started when Vladamir Putin was the mayor of Saint Petersburg. Vladimir Putin secured financing for food from Germany. Boris, who basically ripped off car buyers,tried to use Ukraine as his wedge, and its always been nasty. This regime change fantasy of Mr Biden (McConnell team (?)) neglects the fact that Russians had it harder in the Go-Go 1990s. Propaganda offers simple answers to complex questions.
The Chechen wars where evil, savage & nasty. Escalation risks Ukraine degenerating to worse savagery, its been seen before. Do Ukrainians want their country to be a wrecked Syria?
Dementia Joe Biden and his puppet
master obama want to send $40 Billion in aid to Zelensky in Ukraine.
Sadly the House and Senate agree. How much is that?
If you stack $40 Billion in $100 dollar bills the stack would reach 25.2 miles into the sky.
those who vote yes need immediate termination.
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