Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, fought with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. Sasse and Murphy tangled in a testy exchange on the floor of the Senate. Sasse noted that Murphy had posted a tweet about him and other Republicans for voting against the $1.5 trillion omnibus package that included $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine.
Sasse expressed frustration that a bill providing emergency aid to Ukraine was not passed sooner on its own. If the Democrats really wanted to help the Ukrainian people, they would have done this.
Instead, this financial support package was tacked on to the enormous omnibus package last week. Sasse justified his vote against the bill on that basis.
He noted that we spent $13 billion on Ukrainian aid out of a total appropriations package of $1.5 trillion. Less than 1% of the total bill was Ukrainian aid, and this is the problem with our legislative process, according to Sasse.
Ukrainian aid was a minor part of the massive $1.5 trillion bill, which effectively puts the U.S. further into debt. Using the war in Ukraine as the impetus to bankrupt our nation is a cynical and maniacal ploy.
He continued to denunce politicians who give massive cash payments to a narrow slice of the populace to gain their vote and compliance. He did not mention the fact that many people are getting rich by funneling money to poor and minority communities.
Murphy thinks that Republicans voted against the bill while critiquing the Biden administration should shut up. But Sasse rightly questioned why such an important cause didn’t have a stand-alone funding bill, but was instead added to huge spending spending for things that have nothing to do with Ukraine. The answer is, as always, that politicians take care of their interests and provide political favors to lobbyists through monster spending bills like this.