05 July 2022,   01:05
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Republican Senator Rand Paul blocks quick passage of USD 40 billion Ukraine aid package

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul defied leaders of both parties and single-handedly delayed until next week Senate approval of an additional USD 40 billion to help Ukraine and its allies withstand Russia’s 3-month old invasion, writes NBC NEWS.

With the Senate poised to debate and vote on the package of military and economic aid, Paul denied leaders the unanimous agreement they needed to proceed. The bipartisan measure, backed by President Joe Biden, underscores U.S. determination to reinforce its support for Ukraine’s outnumbered forces.

The legislation has been approved overwhelmingly by the House and has strong bipartisan support in the Senate. Final passage is not in doubt.

Even so, Paul’s objection was an audacious departure from an overwhelming sentiment in Congress that quickly helping Ukraine was urgent, both for that nation’s prospects of withstanding Vladimir Putin’s brutal attack and for discouraging the Russian president from escalating or widening the war.

Paul, a libertarian who often opposes U.S. intervention abroad, said he wanted language inserted into the bill, without a vote, that would have an inspector general scrutinize the new spending.

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