Senator Rand Paul has objected to the passage of a $40 Billion Foreign Aid Package To Ukraine until financial oversight would be included, which appears to be a way to ensure the money is not being wasted. Rand Paul said “my oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation.”
The Hill reported further on the situation:
“Paul objected to a deal offered by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that would have set up votes on Thursday afternoon on the funding and on an amendment from Paul, who wanted to include language in the bill to expand an Afghanistan inspector general role to include oversight of the Ukraine funds.
Paul blocked the votes because he wants his language inserted into the text of the bill instead of having to take his chance with an amendment vote, which could be blocked. The stalemate will delay the Senate’s passage of the Ukraine package until at least next week, and potentially beyond.
“I think they’re going to have to go through the long way,” Paul told The Hill about what comes next after the floor standoff.”
Rand Paul wants his language for oversight put in place or to force Democrats to take a longer path to giving money to Ukraine, opposed to spending that same money on Americans, which many Republicans in America are suggesting the government do while there’s a shortage of baby formula and gas prices surging towards record highs.