We should not be advancing funding for Ukraine to secure their borders, while ours remain open

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We should not be advancing funding for Ukraine to secure their borders, while ours remain open

April 28, 2024 - 07:49
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We told you last week about a looming vote on a nearly $100 billion, multi-part foreign aid measure that was scheduled for a weekend vote in the U.S. House. On Saturday, that vote happened.

While I have supported some components of the plan – such as additional military aid for Israel in their ongoing response to the terrorist attacks of October 7, and expanded defense cooperation for Taiwan in the face of escalating Communist Chinese aggression – I am deeply opposed to other parts of the legislation.

As I mentioned in the last Telegram, this sweeping foreign aid package will spend another $60 billion on Ukraine alone – on top of the $100 billion Americans have already shelled out. Of that, $300 million goes to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service while our own country is being invaded by millions of illegals.

We should not be advancing funding for Ukraine to secure their borders, while ours remain open.

I was also shocked by the inclusion of some $9 billion in the Israel part of the measure for Gaza – which is ruled by the notorious Islamist terrorist group Hamas. It is unfair to ask American taxpayers to fund both sides of this conflict, and as such, I could not support this measure.

Equally troubling, as I mentioned last week, the bill failed to halt controversial Biden administration plans to build a U.S. taxpayer-funded port facility in Gaza. It also failed to prevent the White House from bringing large numbers of Palestinians into our country outside of normal visa rules. You can view the two amendments I filed to address these bad ideas here and here. Sadly, the powerful House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for floor debate in the House, prevented a vote on both of them.

I also cosponsored a third amendment with my colleague Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) to the “Indo-Pacific” component of the bill. This one would have sped up defensive weapons shipments to Taiwan – weapons Taiwan has already paid for but have yet to be delivered. This measure, too, was blocked.

For these reasons and others, I did not support this legislation.

You can take a look at the full Roll Call votes on each element of the spending package in the House here, here, and here.

After all the individual bills were combined into a single omnibus foreign aid bill, the Senate also passed the bill. You can see how senators voted here.

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