U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is blocking a quick pass on Ukraine aid because he wants to insert, in a last-minute move, a provision right in the legislation that his fellow Kentuckian supports. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has a long history of demanding last-minute changes, holding up or threatening to delay bills that are close to being passed.
With the Senate set to debate and vote on a package of military and economic assistance, Paul denied leaders the unanimous consent needed for it to move forward. Senator Rand Paul was the lone voice on the Senate floor opposing a bipartisan aid effort for Ukraine
Slowing the process of passing a $40 billion bill. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked the Senate’s nearly $40 billion aid bill for Ukraine nearly $40 billion in aid Thursday, delaying legislation leaders in both parties have been eager to approve in an emergency.
If some senators wish to force through a number of legislative steps before the final vote, the passage may occur in mid-to-late next week. Senate rules allow any individual senator to prevent a unanimous consent vote, leaving legislation stalled at least until next week.
Under Senate rules, a unanimous consent agreement between lawmakers is required to circumvent long procedural steps that could delay the legislation. While the majority of senators were united, Paul blocked unanimous consent on a package of Ukraine assistance, demanding changes in the legislation.
Paul refused to concede, demanding that the United States Senate accept his demands before voting on the aid package. Schumer took procedural steps in moving forward with a $40 billion Ukraine package, delaying the bill’s final passage until next week.
A supermajority of members in the House has passed legislation that would provide billions in assistance to Ukraine. Bills to provide billions in assistance to Ukraine, Senate members are hoping to follow suit. Lawmakers have increased President Joe Biden’s $33 billion aid request, adding an additional $7 billion in assistance for Ukraine during this war.
“My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation. Congress is trying yet again to ram through a spending bill – one that I doubt anyone has actually read – and there’s no oversight included into how the money is being spent,” Paul said on Twitter. “
All I requested is an amendment to be included in the final bill that allows for the Inspector General to oversee how funds are spent. Anyone who is opposed to this is irresponsible.” He added that he “sympathizes” with the people of Ukraine but argued that providing aid to fight Russia is “threatening our own national security, and it’s frankly a slap in the face to millions of taxpayers who are struggling to buy gas. “msn.com“
Every time I start to warm up towards Senator Rand Paul, he does something like this. I do however respect what he did because it is his right as a Senator. For him to do something like this when there are people dying and depending on this package.
Am I upset about the inflation we are experiencing. Food is up and for me, it’s a real game-changer, along with the price of gas. This is just my personal opinion, I’m still here and not under an attack by a ruthless Country (Russia).
The Ukrainians show heart in defending their little country. Vladimir Putin will learn a very important lesson from all this. Threats only go so far before they start calling him out. The most important lesson is, The United States is the most powerful nation on the planet.
God Bless the United States, God Bless the Veterans