(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – This week, 17 Senate Republicans voted alongside Democrats to deliver an additional $60 billion to Ukraine.
Previously, twelve of those Republicans had stated that until the US border was protected from illegal immigration, they would not assist in sending any more government funds to Ukraine.
On Thursday, all Senate Democrats were joined by 17 Republican senators to approve the allocation of billions of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine.
The Republican senators who voted in favor of the funding were:
Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
John Kennedy (R-LA)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
John Thune (R-SD)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
and Todd Young (R-IN)
The only senator not a member of this group is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
If the House approves the funding, Ukraine will utilize it for military equipment, training, and other needs during its conflict with Russia.
If the Senate border bill text, once released, reflects the framework that has been published that permits nearly 1.8M a year across our borders and linking Ukraine foreign aid package, I will NOT be supporting the Schumer-Lankford amnesty bill.
How can any member of Congress… pic.twitter.com/VJyC4jYSss
— Rep. Cory Mills 🇺🇸 (@RepMillsPress) February 3, 2024
Twelve of the Republicans who voted in favor of the $14.1 billion in funding for Israel to fight Hamas and Ukraine earlier told the media that they would not back any additional funding for Ukraine until the southern border of the United States was secure.
Therefore, a four-pronged strategy is required to fulfill our national security interests. For instance, in December 2023, Capito stated, “Israel, the border, Ukraine, and Taiwan,” Cassidy remarked.
He added, “We got to support our allies, but we got to secure our own border first and the Biden administration has not done so.”
Ernst made a similar statement in December 2023: “Neither President Zelensky nor Ukraine is the problems. Collins described improvements at the southern border as an “absolutely essential part” of any funding plan that includes additional funds for Ukraine, saying, “It’s our own national security at our southern border.”
In remarks to the media in December 2023, Cornyn, Grassley, Kennedy, Romney, Sullivan, Thune, and Wicker all alluded to their preference for the southern border over Ukraine:
“They want tens of billions of dollars to help our friends and allies overseas, but they’re not willing to do what’s necessary to prevent a potential crisis at the border. The Biden administration just does not seem to care,” Cornyn said.
“If there isn’t something reached in regard to our own border and we seem to have concern about the border of Israel and Gaza, Russia and Ukraine, we have to have the same consideration about our own border,” Grassley said.
“Now, the president sent us a national security bill and we said, OK, we’re going to do national security, but we’re not going to pass your bill until you close the border. And the president said, surely you’re not serious. And the Republicans in the Senate said, don’t call me Shirley and we are serious. We’re as serious as four heart attacks and a stroke,” Kennedy said.
“So, we want to solve that to secure the border. I just saw the President of the United States say that we’ve got to secure the border. He’s right. So, any effort that doesn’t do that will be rejected by Republicans,” Romney said.
“Republicans are not bluffing: There will be no agreement on further Ukraine aid without serious measures to secure America’s own border. Our border is priority number one,” Sullivan said.
“A lot of us Republicans are very eager to get Ukraine the aid it needs. But we cannot – we cannot – tend to our national security interests abroad while ignoring the national security crisis on our own doorstep,” Thune said.
“We needed to demonstrate that Republicans are not going to pass a supplemental appropriation bill unless it takes care of very important restrictions on the southern border,” Wicker said.
Young stated last month regarding the southern border, “I don’t think we should take this off the table… “Let’s negotiate with other Senators and get something meaningful done for the American people.”
Republicans’ top priority, according to McConnell, is Ukraine. In November 2023, he told the media, “Any serious supplemental legislation with a shot of passing the Senate in the coming weeks will have to take meaningful steps toward fixing the Biden administration’s border crisis.”
Similarly, when Rounds declared in November 2023 that “Any bill with aid for Israel and Ukraine must include policy changes at our southern border,” he was becoming very explicit.
Due to Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, US taxpayers have already been compelled to donate at least $113 billion to the country.
Long line at an American food pantry – but McConnell, Schumer & Biden demand that we gift Ukraine with the largest U.S. ‘aid’ pkg ever – $60 BILLION, to pay for their civil employees PENSIONS! pic.twitter.com/pqxrSVK9ES
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) February 10, 2024
If the House approves and President Joe Biden signs the newest funding package, approximately $200 billion—the majority of which has gone unaccounted for—will end up in the hands of Ukrainian officials.
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