Senate’s “soon” isn’t today

Senate's "soon" isn't today

Senate’s “soon” isn’t today By KATHERINE TULLY-MCMANUS 05/13/2022 07:20 AM EDT With an assist from Burgess Everett UKRAINE AID…DELAYED — It isn’t every day that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell make a joint appeal for quick passage. But their attempt Thursday to pass the $40 billion Ukraine aid package by unanimous consent was thwarted by a much more common scene: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) standing to object. Paul rejected an offer to have the full senate vote on his proposal to include a provision to designate a special federal watchdog to oversee how the $40 billion is spent. The move pushes action on the measure to next week, which is when U.S. weapons shipments to Eastern Europe are expected to lapse. “They’re running out of ammo. They’re kicking the Russians’ ass,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “All over the Ukraine, they’re doing the fighting on behalf of freedom itself, and we should be the arsenal of democracy.” Schumer (D-N.Y.) filed cloture on a motion to proceed on Thursday. The Senate will have to vote on that, plus cloture on the underlying bill, plus bill passage next week. “He doesn’t want to aid Ukraine,” Schumer said of Paul on the Senate floor. “That is not the case for the overwhelming majority here.” Jennifer Scholtes and Connor O’Brien combined their appropriations and defense knowledge to explain the impact of the delay, what’s in the package and how it plays into strategy for Ukraine’s defense against Russia […]

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