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Congress Prepares $50 Billion Ukraine Aid Bill Lame-Duck

As Congress nears a lame session, the legislature is pushing ahead with an estimated $50 billion Ukraine aid package, according to an NBC News report.

An NBC News report noted that lawmakers were considering a $50 billion aid package, as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said House Republicans weren’t “going to write a check in white” to Ukraine.

Congress has so far earmarked $65 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since the start of the conflict between Russia and the beleaguered nation. As recently as September, Congress allocated $12 billion in aid to Ukraine as part of an interim spending bill to continue funding the government through December.

A Republican senator said the proposal would ensure that “[Ukraine] can spend the year.

The senator added: “It will make the $12 billion look like pocket change.”

NBC News noted that the new spending figure would most likely be part of an omnibus spending bill, according to congressional aides and a source close to the Ukrainian government.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement Tuesday that aid to Ukraine should be accelerated and that an eventual Republican majority in the Senate should offer greater assistance:

For its part, the United States Congress has funded and approved ongoing aid on an overwhelming bipartisan basis. It’s not enough for the Biden administration to slowly, eventually, start providing it. It must be accelerated.

A Republican majority in the Senate will focus its oversight on the rapid delivery of needed weapons and greater allied assistance to Ukraine, rebuilding and modernizing our military capabilities, resisting terrorist states like Iran, and strengthening our defenses in Asia to deter Chinese aggression. .

Former Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a Heritage Foundation event, called Republicans who opposed backing Ukraine in the dispute “apologists” for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“As Russia continues its unconscionable war of aggression against Ukraine, I think conservatives need to make it clear that Putin must stop and Putin will pay. There can be no room in the conservative movement for Putin apologists There is only room in this movement for champions of freedom,” Pence said.

Not all Republicans agree with McConnell’s plan to offer seemingly endless aid to Ukraine as the war continues to drag on through the winter.

“We cannot continue to support Ukraine at the expense of our own country. We must advance the interests of Americans before anyone else,” said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

“It’s still unclear exactly where that money is going and who it’s going to,” a senior aide to a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee told Breitbart News. “There is also no strategic objective in Ukraine at the moment, which means that we are basically sending blank checks to fund the Ukrainian government with no end in sight. Above all, Congress should not support Ukraine at the expense of our own country.

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) said, “My constituents are saying, ‘Why are we more worried about Ukraine’s borders than US borders?’ My constituents are not sitting there saying, ‘My God, we have to save Ukraine’s borders.’

Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL) said:

I liken it to the airline videos they make before you take off: you have to put on your own oxygen mask before you help others. And I just don’t think that as a legislator, I could in good conscience support billions and billions of overseas funding when we have such dire needs here.

A Democratic congressional aide told NBC News, “We are extremely concerned that the MAGA wing of the party is considering blocking vital aid to Ukraine if Republicans take control of the House.

On the Senate side, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who has often voted against more aid to Ukraine, said he would oppose more aid to Ukraine and called on the to do more.

“It’s their continent. … We cannot be first in line in Ukraine against Russia … and do what we have to do against China. We just can’t do both,” the Missouri populist said end of September.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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