Democrats kill amendment to provide more oversight for Ukraine aid

 July 28, 2023

This week saw a group of battleground state Democrats help to end an amendment aimed at providing oversight for aid to Ukraine. 

According to Breitbart, the amendment was sponsored by Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, who serves as ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.

Amendment would have established an inspector general

The amendment, which Wicker tried to attach to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would have established an inspector general to oversee Ukrainian aid.

In addition to Wicker, the amendment was also supported by Idaho Republican Sen. James Risch, Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley, and Arizona independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

However, it was not supported by several prominent Democrats who are widely considered to hold vulnerable seats.

They were West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rose, and Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.

This led one Republican strategist to tell Breitbart, "The American public is increasingly skeptical of these blank checks but Democrats are so committed to Biden’s forever war in Ukraine they won’t even support basic oversight for the billions in taxpayer funds they’re sending overseas."

Biden administration unveils yet more aid despite accounting errors

Breitbart also noted that the amendment's failure came even as the Biden administration announced this week that it will be sending another $400 million in military aid for Ukraine, bringing America's total contribution to $43 billion.

The additional cash comes on the heels of news that Pentagon accounting errors resulted in Ukrainian aid being overestimated by $6.2 billion over the past two years. An earlier disclosure in May put the discrepancy at $3 billion.

That discovery calls for more oversight, including from House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul and House Armed Services Chairman Mike Rogers.

Accounting error "extremely problematic"

"The revelation of a three-billion-dollar accounting error discovered two months ago and only today shared with Congress is extremely problematic, to say the least," McCaul and Rogers said in a joint statement.

"These funds could have been used for extra supplies and weapons for the upcoming counteroffensive, instead of rationing funds to last for the remainder of the fiscal year," they stressed.

"The Biden Administration must make up for this precious lost time by using these funds to provide Ukraine the DPICMS and ATACMS they need to fuel the counteroffensive and win the war," the lawmakers went on to add.

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