Democrat Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said during an interview on MSNBC that he is willing to shut down the government if a bill from the House does not include Ukraine funding.
Host Katy Tur asked, “Are you ready to hold up a bill that comes to the Senate that does not include that Ukraine funding, potentially to shut down the government?”
Bennet answered, “I definitely am. I definitely am. I said on Saturday that my mom, she’s a Polish Jew, she was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1938, it’s very easy to see from her perspective, she survived — with the perspective of the 16 million people that were killed in Ukraine and Poland during World War II, how they get forgotten by politicians here that seem to be concerned with a different set of imperatives. And Katy, I don’t think this is a moment for politics. It’s not a question of when we go home, do we stay here, do we make a trade for this, or do we make a trade for that. … I think that we’ve given a little over $70 billion, which is less than what the Europeans have put in this war.”
Well, he just might get to do exactly that.
Rep. Jim Jordan – who has been endorsed by former President Trump for Speaker – told reporters that if made Speaker he won’t include an additional aid package for Ukraine.
“The most pressing issue on Americans’ minds is not Ukraine. It is the border situation and crime on the streets,” he said.
During an interview with Fox News Jordan said, “Why should we be sending American tax dollars to Ukraine when we don’t even know what the goal is?”
“No one can tell me what the objective is. Is it some kind of negotiated peace? Is it driving them out of eastern Ukraine? Is it driving them out of Crimea?… So until you can tell me the goal, I don’t think we should continue to send money there particularly when we have the problems we have on our border so that’s fundamental.”
Adding: “And then, second, how is the money that’s already been sent, how has it been spent? What kind of waste is going on? Those are two fundamental questions that I think the American taxpayers want to know the answers to before they send any more of their hard-earned money there.”
The Republicans in the House seem to be willing to see if Senator Michael Bennet will go through with his claim.