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Sen. Rand Paul says criticism of Ukraine funding is a ‘growing movement’ in Washington

As the House searches for a new speaker and the Senate works to get Ukraine assistance back into a spending bill come November 17 when the current deal expires, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is a “growing movement” within the Republican party to cut additional funding altogether.

“We have problems funding Social Security, we have problems funding, Medicare, Medicaid, all the things that have already been promised to our people we have trouble funding, and we just don’t have extra money just to be sending to another country,” Paul told Fox News Digital in an interview this week. 

The U.S. has sent more than an estimated $100 billion of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine since the war began, according to the White House

Republicans who are opposed to additional funding the war-torn nation scored a victory last weekend when then-House Speaker McCarthy passed a spending patch without the additional multi-billion dollar Ukraine assistance as requested by President Joe Biden, ultimately averting a government shutdown. The temporary funding patch expires Nov. 17, bringing Congress to another potential showdown in a few weeks. 

 

“I think it’s obscene to do it [send more aid] without an inspector general in place,” Paul said. “There’s still a healthy amount of corruption in Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday following the GOP’s weekly luncheon that adding more aid is “still a major priority.”

“I think a majority of the members of both parties still support it,” McConnell said of assistance to Ukraine. “We need some direction from the [Biden] administration as to how they intend to go forward.”

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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