President Biden declared Friday that it would be “close to criminal negligence” for Congress not to approve billions of dollars in additional military aid to Ukraine.
The president made the comment to reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and as senators prepared for a weekend session to debate a $95 billion bill providing aid to Israel, Taiwan and war-torn Ukraine.
“The failure of the United States Congress, if it occurs, to not support Ukraine, is close to criminal negligence,” said Biden, 81. “It is outrageous”.
“Without the support of the United States and without the support of European states, Ukraine will have no chance to defend its own country,” Scholz said, endorsing Biden.
Some Republicans on Capitol Hill, however, argue that the United States cannot afford to continue funding Ukraine’s war effort, especially when the United States is dealing with its own border crisis.
“I would say it is criminally negligent for Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden to team up to send $100 billion overseas to fix someone else’s border before addressing ours,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky. ) during an appearance on Negocio Fox.
President Biden said it would be “criminal negligence” if Congress did not approve billions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine on Friday. AP Biden’s comments came during his meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday. Julia Nikhinson – Pool via CNP / MEGA
“I don’t know anyone in Kentucky, or any conservative in the entire country who is in favor of this, but the Senate leadership under Mitch McConnell is more concerned about sending money to Ukraine than invading the southern border,” he said the representative of Kentucky. added the Republican.
Paul vowed to do “everything in my power to slow and stop” the Ukraine aid bill.
“Money has to be borrowed. We don’t have 100 billion lying around,” she argued.
The Senate’s consideration of the $95 billion foreign aid bill comes after the implosion of a bipartisan package that would have tied aid to Ukraine to enhanced border security measures, which Republicans argued was not going far enough, and the defeat of a separate aid bill to Israel. in the House earlier this week.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer during a visit to DC in December. AP Some Republicans in Congress, such as Senator Rand Paul, have argued that the United States cannot afford to continue funding Ukraine’s war effort. REUTERS
The Senate voted 64-19 on Friday to officially begin debate on the aid bill to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. Only 14 Republicans voted in favor of bringing the measure to debate.
Senators will consider amendments to the bill on Saturday, and the next vote to advance the legislation is scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday.