Report reveals Congress intends to swiftly pass additional $50 billion aid package for Ukraine before term ends

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested this week that a Republican-led House would be unlikely to continue to deliver a “blank check” on financial aid to Ukraine as it defends itself, with ample international assistance, from the Russian invasion that began in February.

McCarthy’s suggestion was broadly criticized, and now there are reports that the Democrat-led Congress will rush through a massive additional aid package for Ukraine before the end of the current congressional term, Business Insider reported.

The most likely means of doing so would be to tack that aid package, rumored to be in the range of $50 billion, onto a must-pass omnibus government funding bill that will be considered in the “lame duck” session after the midterm elections but before the new, presumably GOP-led Congress takes control.

McCarthy says no future “blank check” for Ukraine

The Associated Press reported this week that Leader McCarthy, who is likely to be the next House Speaker if Republicans win control in November, had called into question the massive and unchecked U.S. aid to Ukraine while the U.S. economy was in a downturn and there were plenty of problems domestically that needed to be addressed.

“I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” McCarthy said in an interview with Punchbowl News, per the AP. “They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check.”

Many of McCarthy’s critics, particularly in the White House, took that to mean that Republicans would cut off all aid to Ukraine next year, but that isn’t exactly what the House GOP leader was saying, but rather was meant to suggest that there ought to be greater consideration and oversight of any additional aid, as was explained by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).

“I do think you have broad bipartisan support for what’s happening in Ukraine,” McCaul told Bloomberg News, per the AP, “but I think you’ll see, if we get the majority, more oversight and accountability in terms of the funding and where the money’s going, and I think the American taxpayers deserve that.”

Plans for $50 billion package to be rammed through in omnibus funding bill

Nevertheless, McCaul’s logical explanation of what McCarthy had meant with his “blank check” remark has been completely ignored, and according to NBC News, a bipartisan group of representatives and senators are now rushing to ram through even more aid for Ukraine before the new Congress can be sworn in.

As noted, this new package could be worth up to $50 billion in financial and military aid to Ukraine. That is substantially larger than the roughly $12 billion package that was approved in September, and nearly matches the entire $65 billion worth of taxpayer-funded aid for Ukraine that has been approved by Congress thus far — to say nothing of the additional tens of billions in weapons and supplies that President Joe Biden has transferred to Ukraine from U.S. military stockpiles.

And, to force at least some Republican skeptics to vote in favor of the new package, it will likely be deliberately enmeshed within an omnibus funding bill that Congress must pass before the end of the year to avoid a government shutdown and other fiscal consequences.

Ignoring the will of the people and not being good stewards of their money

The NBC News report indicated that there are still many Republican hawks who are more than willing and ready to join with Democrats to fork over more taxpayer funds to Ukraine without any additional oversight or accountability on how or where that money is actually distributed and used.

Rushing to pass such a package in a “lame duck” session before a new GOP-led Congress can impose necessary oversight and accountability seems awfully shady, is likely contrary or oblivious to the will of the American people, and undermines the expectation that Congress be considerate stewards of the American people’s money and place their interests above all else.