Veterans group and influential organizations call for debate, standalone vote on additional aid to Ukraine in new Congress
ARLINGTON, Va.—Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) and other prominent policy groups sent a letter on Tuesday urging Congress not to use the upcoming lame-duck session to push through another massive aid package to Ukraine. Reports indicate some members of Congress may try to push through a $50 billion assistance package which would come on the heels of $12 billion approved in September and would nearly double the $66 billion approved to support Ukraine this year.
The letter, addressed to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy, explains rushing $50 billion in aid to Ukraine is not in the best interest of the United States or the American people and recommends any new Ukrainian aid package be debated, examined, and voted on in the 118th Congress.
CVA Deputy Director John Byrnes had this to say as lawmakers consider this additional $50 billion Ukrainian aid package:
“It would be a colossal mistake for Congressional leaders to use this lame-duck session to fast-track yet another massive aid package to Ukraine as the United States faces historic inflation and a $31 trillion national debt. To put it in perspective, this aid package could bring total U.S. Congressional assistance to Ukraine to over $100 billion – more than most countries’ annual defense budget.
The United States should not continue to write a blank check to Ukraine at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers while wealthy European countries refuse to match our contributions for a war taking place in their backyard. Before any additional aid is approved, the 118th Congress should have the opportunity to both debate and examine how additional funding will benefit U.S. interests and what a sound strategy looks like to bring about an end to the war in Ukraine.”
CVA joined the coalition alongside 12 other prominent policy organizations: Americans for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks, Center for Renewing America, Defense Priorities Initiative, The LIBRE Initiative, Stand Together, Conservative Partnership Institute, American Moment, America First Works, and America First Policy Institute.