Sen. Tom Cotton has some bad news for President Joe Biden concerning the status of his request for a staggering $105 billion in foreign aid, stating it has zero chance of passing in the Senate in its current form. The package really seems to favor Ukraine as it allocates $60 billion for them and $3.5 billion for the Palestinians in Gaza, which was announced in an address to the country last Thursday.
According to the Daily Wire, the president attempted to pass the package as being important aid for the nation of Israel as well, however, the vast majority of the resources it contains were set aside for Ukraine. Is it just me or is Biden bending over backwards to help that particular country? I can’t be the only one who thinks that’s a little suspicious given Biden’s many connections to the country, right? I mean we have an entire scandal currently being investigated that has to do with Biden, then vice-president, abusing his political power to force the government of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating an energy company in the country where his son was a member of the board.
Anyway, the report said, “While Ukraine would receive $60 billion under the aid package, Israel would be sent $14 billion for ‘sharpen[ing] Israel’s military edge,’ to replenish its Iron Dome, and to send a message to Iran that the U.S. stands with Israel, Biden said.”
“President Biden’s slush fund proposal is dead on arrival, just like his budgets. We will not spend, for example, $3.5 billion to address the ‘potential needs of Gazans,’ essentially functioning as a resupply line for Hamas terrorists,” Cotton revealed in a statement.
“We will also not spend $11.8 billion to fund the Ukrainian government’s own non-war spending, such as funding retirement pensions for Ukrainian government employees,” the senator said. “Nor will we spend $4.7 billion for housing, transportation, and ‘services’ for illegal aliens in the United States rather than deporting them.”
A few hours after the address made from the Oval Office, Biden sent the request for the aid package to Congress. While Republicans in the House of Representatives continue to try and find a permanent replacement for Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the Speaker, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, stated that Senate Democrats are attempting to move quickly in order to get the foreign aid package passed.
“This legislation is too important to wait for the House to settle their chaos,” he stated. “Senate Democrats will move expeditiously on this request, and we hope that our Republican colleagues across the aisle will join us to pass this much-needed funding.”
The Daily Wire provides more details, saying:
McConnell (R-KY) signaled his support for the aide package but said the Senate “must produce our own supplemental legislation that meets the demonstrated needs of our national security.” He encouraged his colleagues to work quickly as “a number of serious challenges to the U.S. national security require the Senate’s urgent attention.”
Another Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, expressed that he supports aid to Ukraine and Israel, but added that “without meaningful and substantive policy changes that will address the #BidenBorderCrisis such aid is in serious jeopardy.” Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) said the funding request from Biden will provide the administration with “more money to fuel its disastrous open-borders resettlement operation” and “worsen the border crisis.”
Continuing in the statement, Cotton pledged that the president’s request would be blocked and the GOP would get to work creating a better one.
“The Biden proposal is going nowhere, and Senate Republicans will take the lead on crafting a funding bill that protects Americans and their interests,” he added.
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