In a recently introduced proposal in the House of Representatives, Republicans want to audit the billions of dollars sent to Ukraine for aid in the war against Russia.
The resolution was first obtained by the Daily Caller News which requires an audit to be conducted on all funds sent to Ukraine. The measure was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) with the support of Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Barry Moore (R-AL), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Greg Steube (R-FL), and Clay Higgins (R-LA). The funds to be audited would include all military spending, humanitarian aid, and economic aid provided to the Ukrainian people.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Congresswoman Greene said “the American people deserve [to know] where their hard-earned tax dollars are going to a foreign country who is not a member of NATO and President Biden himself said he would not defend.”
In a statement on Monday, Congressman Rosendale said “Congress sent almost 66 billion in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine over the past year, and President Biden is urging the House to rush another 37.7 billion through a lame-duck session. It is unthinkable for the United States to send more funding to a nation tied to cryptocurrency exchange FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried’s election spending. The American people deserve a full investigation.”
Approximately $66 billion in aid has been sent to Ukraine from the United States and President Biden has recently called for an additional $37 billion in emergency aid to be sent to Ukraine. During the lame-duck session of Congress, reports suggest an aid package as high as $50 billion may be approved.
Conservative groups have expressed concerns with this spending including Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks, the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), America First Policy Institute, American Moment, Defense Priorities, and the Center for Renewing America. This coalition of conservative groups have sent letters to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to not pass any legislation regarding Ukraine until the new Congress is seated.
According to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA), he wants to know if America is engaged in a “proxy war” with Russia and Americans need to have all the details.