US Republican Senator Mike Lee has spent four hours on the floor of Congress denouncing a proposed funding bill for Ukraine, arguing that it does not do enough to address America’s mounting problems at home.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has for months tried to secure additional funding for Ukraine amid growing fears in the West that inadequate assistance is making it difficult for Kiev to repel Russian attacks.
Republicans in Congress, however, have been reluctant to approve the measure, insisting that the proposed security packages fail to address the crisis on America’s southern border. Biden has said the GOP is willing to tank a recently unveiled compromise bill because of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who he said “thinks it’s bad for him politically” and is trying to “weaponize” the issue instead of solving it.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Saturday, Lee argued that “we cannot send billions of dollars to Ukraine while America’s own borders are bleeding,” calling the government’s failure to tackle the crisis a “betrayal.”