Senator Rand Paul did another Rand Paul thing on Thursday. As Americans face
an inflation crisis
baby formula crisis
at home, the Senate wanted to send another $40B to Ukraine via unanimous consent. It's a fancy way of saying "without any debate." According to Chuck Schumer, while Americans wait for problems to be dealt with at home, Ukraine doesn't have a moment to wait for this $40B.
Senator Paul says they most certainly do and held up the unanimous consent with a *checks notes* responsible request and explanation of why.
Objects To Passage Of $40 Billion Foreign Aid Package To Ukraine Until Financial Oversight Is Included
"My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation."
"So, I act to modify the bill to allow for a special inspector general. This would be the inspector general that has been overseeing the waste in Afghanistan and has done a great job. So, I ask that the senator modify his request."
That was Senator Paul's request that Chuck Schumer (and it sounds like Mitch McConnell) are boo-boo-faced about. Instead of rushing 40 billion dollars out the door, Paul has a reasonable request that could be taken care of in a day or two.
To be clear, Paul isn't OPPOSED to the aid as it's being reported on Twitter. But if we're turning over more money, $40B dollars more, he wants someone to make sure the funds are being used properly. That's reasonable. Even for Zelenskyy.
’s oversight IG initiative and I support Ukraine. Transferring billions overseas with zero public accountability is so 2015. My sources say the Zelenskyy government has no problem with oversight.
— Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo)
May 13, 2022
Senator Paul is also on the side of the American people. Maybe not the American people who answer the phone when public opinion pollsters call them asking questions. But Paul points out this bill would bring our total aid to $54 billion, and we have our own problems at home.
"It’s threatening our own national security, and it’s frankly a slap in the face to millions of taxpayers who are struggling to buy gas, groceries, and find baby formula."
It’s threatening our own national security, and it’s frankly a slap in the face to millions of taxpayers who are struggling to buy gas, groceries, and find baby formula.
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul)
May 13, 2022
Now, the Senate needs to debate something on its merits, as opposed to sending tens of billions of more dollars out the door, no questions asked. Good.