Rand Paul holds up vote on $40B Ukraine package

Mitch McConnell wants the Senate to act on $40B Ukraine package TODAY but Rand Paul holds up vote with demand for special oversight against fraud

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate needs to pass the $40 billion aid package for the Ukraine today but one of his own GOP senators is holding up the vote.

‘I strongly support the next package of lethal military assistance, which the House has passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority. I hope the Senate can reach an agreement to consider and pass this legislation today. The Ukrainians need it. We need to do it today,’ he said on the Senate floor.

Republican Senators John Kennedy of Louisiana and Rand Paul of Kentucky have put holds on the legislation despite senators of both parties supporting it.

Paul wants special oversight of the money to prevent fraud. He is proposing an   amendment to appoint a special inspector general to oversee the spending.

‘My sympathies are with Ukraine; I wish them luck, I want them to defeat the Russians, I want them to push the Russians out of their country. But we also have to be concerned with our country and with double-digit inflation here, this will make it worse,’ Paul told The Mark Reardon Show. ‘We can’t just shovel piles of money out the door and have nobody oversee it.’ 

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate needs to pass the $40 billion aid package for the Ukraine today

Republican Senator Rand aul wants special oversight of the Ukraine money to prevent fraud and is proposing an amendment to appoint a special inspector general to oversee the spending

Republican Senator Rand aul wants special oversight of the Ukraine money to prevent fraud and is proposing an amendment to appoint a special inspector general to oversee the spending

The House of Representatives has already passed the bill that will provide military and humantarian assistance to the Ukraine

The House of Representatives has already passed the bill that will provide military and humantarian assistance to the Ukraine

Kennedy has introduced a bill to create a special inspector general’s office for Ukraine assistance. 

Republican leadership is trying to make a vote happen.

GOP Senator John Thune of South Dakota told reporters on Capitol Hill: ‘I’m not allowing a speedy passage of the bill without having something fiscally responsible in the bill.’ 

The House of Representatives passed the foreign aid package earlier this week. It only needs to pass the Senate to become law. 

Lawmakers increased President Joe Biden’s original $33 billion request, adding $3.4 billion in military aid and $3.4 billion in humanitarian assistance, for the Ukrainians. 

The money includes $67 million for DOJ’s General Administration section to help cover the costs of seizing, retaining, and selling forfeited property – such as the yachts of Russian oligarchs – related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Biden administration plans to sell off the seized assets of Vladimir Putin’s cronies and give the money to the Ukraine to help them fight off the Russian invasion.

The United States already has sezied a $90 million yacht owned by Viktor Vekselberg, called the Tango. And that is just a portion of the $1 billion in yachts, planes and artwork — not to mention hundreds of millions in cash — that the United States has identified as belonging to Putin’s wealthy friends. Americans, working in Fiji, have also sezied a $300 million yacht beloning to Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian gold magnate.

The seized yatch 'Tango', which belongs to Renova Group head Viktor Vekselberg, moors in the port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The seized yatch ‘Tango’, which belongs to Renova Group head Viktor Vekselberg, moors in the port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The $300 Million yacht of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, seized in Fiji at the request of the United States

The $300 Million yacht of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, seized in Fiji at the request of the United States

The legislation also includes $8.7 billion to replenish US stocks of equipment sent to Ukraine through drawdown authority.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is getting $300 million for operations, security and relocation. The embassy was closed with Russia’s invasion but administration officials have said they want to reopen it.

There is $900 million for refugees, which will fund housing, English language classes, trauma and support services, community support (including school impact grants), and case management.

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