On Monday, the Senate voted to advance the nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, setting up a final vote on the legislation later this week.
The Senate passed a motion to limit the debate on the bill in a vote of 81-11, with only Republicans opposing the measure. The move came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked a vote on the massive aid package last Thursday.
Paul blocked the vote because he wanted to change the text of the bill to create a special inspector general for oversight of the billions in weapons and other aid that the US is pouring into Ukraine.
In his objection, Paul also cited the economic pain Americans are feeling due to a 40-year high inflation rate of over 8% 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,” he said.
Other Senate Republicans announced their opposition to the aid package before Monday’s vote, including Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN). “I certainly don’t have anything against the Ukrainians. We want to see them win, but pumping more aid into that country when we’re not taking care of our own country — the best thing that Biden could do is stop the war that he’s waged on American industry,” he said.
The $39.8 billion aid package already passed through the House in a vote of 368-57. Like in the Senate, only Republicans in the House opposed the bill as Democrats in both chambers are in lockstep in their support for the Biden administration’s Ukraine policy of pumping weapons into the country.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that a final vote on the bill could happen as soon as Wednesday. The Pentagon has warned that if the legislation isn’t passed by Congress and signed by Biden by Thursday, there could be delays in US arms shipments to Ukraine.
34 thoughts on “Senate Advances $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package”
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.
Imagine that and fret.
Yes, because that’s how we measure things, by how high we stack bills in giant imaginary towers. Insert eye roll.
The federal budget is $4.8 trillion. $40 billion is only 0.8% of that. It’s the equivalent of $400 bucks for someone who makes $50k a year. Not quite as impressive when you put it that way, is it?
…and isn’t it utterly appalling that the fed budget is $4.8 trillion? appalling that that enormity makes a stupendous $40 billion look small?
How much should it take to run a country of 330 million?
Precisely, “a country”, not a global empire! And that latter is destroying the former.
OK then you pick up the bill for Zelensky and pay the remainder of your earnings for the rest of you life!
I wish I had a dollar for every time I hear how a waste of taxpayers’ money is only a fraction of the overall budget. The $4 billion a year to Israel is even smaller. The $1.5 to Egypt barely registers. Add up all the waste being spent outside our borders, and you have a rather large percentage of that overall budget.
In 2020, it was 1% of the federal budget.
Right. And that’s still way too much. $1 is way too much. But thinking much larger expenditures aren’t related to those “foreign aid” packages would be silly. Ukraine’s measly $40 billion is just the tip of the iceberg. How else can you be on the verge of a one trillion dollar “defense” budget?
Ah, the posters here are a hoot. Love the downvotes for a post pointing out a single verifiable fact.
Maybe because you posted that fact as a way to downplay the outlandish money that actually is. Lots of needy people and plenty of infrastructure in need of repair right here in the US that the 1% could be used for.
They do, but lack of money in the federal budget isn’t why they aren’t getting it. We all know that.
Can’t argue with that.
And this is what I meant when I was talking about related expenditures to that 1%.
Anything less than 100% is a fraction of the whole.
Enough to boggle the mind, Wars.
If you wish to giveYOUR tax dollars for Uncle Sam’s war machinery, go for it pal.
Leave my tax dollars out of it.
This is a very domestically unpopular aid package.
No doubt pressure for a Ukraine ceasefire is related to justifying this bill.
They can then claim aid to Ukraine ‘works’, especially if a ceasefire comes in time to initially overshadow passing of the bill in the news.
Yes, I’d like to see some of those polls taken earlier to be taken again. The propaganda machine only works as long as the people are fed and happy.
Reading about larger population South Korea & it is proposing a budget where 39,800,000,000 is equal to 87% for its whole year. Everything, for a year. Senator Paul wants a simple accounting.for where the money goes.
As expected, Rand Paul only delayed the giveaway by a few days. Nothing will stop the bipartisan war congress from escalating every conflict and expanding their already unlimited ‘defense’ budget.
[The Senate passed a motion to limit the debate on the bill in a vote of 81-11, with only Republicans opposing the measure]…Democracy in action-Inflation higher than in 40 years with gas prices than decades-Why cant we ever do the right thing anymore? While this? https://www.citizen.org/news/fact-check-medicare-for-all-would-save-the-u-s-trillions-public-option-would-leave-millions-uninsured-not-garner-savings/
Aaaaaand—-wait for it—-Bye-Done is sending OUR oil reserves to Europe!
“…best thing that Biden could do is stop the war that he’s waged on American industry,”* The so-called Progressives are crazy**. This is tens of billions up’ed by Republicans. You have to go back to when Newt Gingrich made a deal with House Democrats for a balanced budget to have any fiscal sanity.
*said Sen. Rand Paul(R-KY)
**they can’t have both their programs & his high of foreign Aid.
Total Bull Crap…!
Wouldn’t that be a damned shame if it did, netman 😉
“…all I see are monkeys with matches in a room full of dynamite. It’s only a matter of time until it explodes. The decline of an empire is awful to watch and even worse to live through…”
Antiwar.com can’t find any better article to describe the Ukrainian surrender at Azovstal than this crap:
“Ukrainian Troops Evacuate From Mariupol, Ceding Control to Russia””?
Are you serious? Go over to Moon of Alabama and read b’s latest post showing how all the mainstream media are referring to this as an “evacuation” rather than a surrender. And here is Antiwar.com doing the same thing: covering up the real significance. Shameful.
Stop paying t a x e s people. Of course they’ll pretend you did and spend it like you did….. but what if you didn’t……. didn’t pay t a x e s? That’s right…. you get to keep it. Along with all the non tax paying illegals.
Link from Revolver News, an interview with French ex-Marine Adrien Bocquet who spent three weeks in Ukraine, and reports Ukrainians committing war crimes.
The withdrawal of Russia from the WHO is a result of what the Russians discovered in America’s biowarfare laboratories in Ukraine.
The withdrawal of Russia from the WTO is a result of the Western Powers endemic institutionalised corruption (what i call Fascism) which Russia now wants no part of.
Make no mistake the Western Powers are Supreme International criminals according to the Hague ruling. They all must be arrested and presented to the Hague to answer for their many many crimes against humanity.
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