Veterans group disappointed lawmakers are rushing through Ukrainian aid packages without answering key questions about U.S. strategy
ARLINGTON, Va.—Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) on Tuesday expressed disappointment in lawmakers for rushing through another multibillion-dollar aid package for Ukraine without answering important questions about U.S. goals in Ukraine. Lawmakers on Monday announced an agreement to put forward a $40 billion aid package – nearly $7 billion more than requested by the White House and in addition to the already-approved $14 billion in aid. The bill is expected to be fast-tracked through Congress leaving little room for debate or effective oversight.
CVA Senior Advisor Dan Caldwell had this to say about the deal:
“It is a mistake for Congress to fast-track yet another massive aid package to Ukraine when the Biden Administration has repeatedly sent confused and mixed signals about its desired end-state in Ukraine. Congress has already approved over $14 billion in aid and the United States has nearly emptied its armories of critical and hard-to-replace weaponry to support Ukraine. Before any additional aid is approved, the Biden Administration and Congress need to define how additional funding will benefit U.S. interests and what their strategy is to bring about an end to the war in Ukraine.”
“Russia’s war on Ukraine is immoral and unjustified. Prolonging or expanding the war will only bring more devastation and suffering for the Ukrainian people, leaving them worse off and Americans no safer or more prosperous.”
Recently, the Biden Administration expanded U.S. policy aims to include helping the Ukrainian military achieve ‘victory.’ However, the conditions and requirements to accomplish this result were left undefined. As the White House requested $33 billion in aid for Ukraine, CVA called on Congress to ask the tough questions and demand answers as to what the administration’s goals were in Ukraine.
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