Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) stated that the United States has an “obligation” to fund the war in Ukraine before an agreement can be reached on border funding and a resolution to the record-breaking stream of migrants flowing into the country.
After the House returned to business following a weeks-long battle over the Speaker position, House Republicans advanced a bipartisan funding bill that includes aid for Israel. President Biden has vowed to veto any standalone packages that do not include for Ukraine and called on lawmakers to advance a $100 billion foreign aid package that includes $60 billion in assistance for Ukraine and $10 billion for Israel.
On Sunday, Senator Bennet joined Face The Nation to discuss the ongoing back-and-forth. “I think the really important thing that there is broad bipartisan support for in the Senate right now is that we’ve got to get a recognition that we’ve got to get the Ukraine funding done as part of this package,” Bennet said.
“We’ve got to get the Israel funding done, the humanitarian funding done, and the funding for Southeast Asia as well. There are some Republicans who have said that in order to do that, in order to have that vote, they want to see something done on the border,” he continued. “And I think we have had good conversations over the last several days and before that trying to see if we can get to some sort of solution. I believe of course that the Ukrainian people have earned a vote to support them without a negotiation on the U.S. border, but there are others in the Senate who feel differently, and we’re trying to see if we can get to a solution.”
Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan then asked about the growing number of Republicans who have refused to vote for an aid package for Ukraine without an agreement on the border crisis.
Bennet acknowledged that this is the case in the House before claiming that Ukraine has taken back “half of its territory” that was captured by the Russian government and decimated the Black Seat Fleet.
“And now the United States, I think, has an obligation to continue to support them in this fight, not just for Ukraine, but a fight for democracy,” Bennet said. “And I don’t know whether the House will come to the conclusion that that’s enough for them so we’re continuing to see if there’s something we can do on the border. My view is there’s always room to make our immigration system better on behalf of the American people and I hope people of good faith can come together and together and reach a solution.”