Senate Approves $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine by a Wide Margin – Opinion

According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s vote by the United States Senate to provide $40 billion of aid for Ukraine was 86-11.

The 11 people who voted in opposition to the bill were Republicans. President Joe Biden will likely sign it soon.

With a vote of 368 to 57, the House passed the aid last week. But, Sen. Rand Paul (R.KY) stopped a swift passage of the bill at the Senate on last Thursday due to concerns about its fiscal impact. In fact, he even offered an amendment that would have required an inspector general be appointed to review how the money would actually be spent, according our report.

Paul (Republican from Texas) and Chip Roy (Republican from Texas) have been critical of the bill. They argue that the U.S. has essentially engaged in proxy war by providing financial aid to the Ukrainians and that it already has too many problems.

“If we’re gonna have a proxy war, and we’re gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine, because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber,” Roy said Wednesday on the House floor.

Others from both political parties agree that the federal government should assist Ukraine with its defense.

“Help is on the way, really significant help. Help that could make sure that the Ukrainians are victorious,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, per the AP.

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