Biden’s Ukraine funding request triggers House showdown: ‘Shoveling money out the door’
President Biden’s $4.5 billion funding request to address corruption and mismanagement in Ukraine has triggered a showdown in the House, with members of both parties raising questions about the size of the request and the need for greater oversight.
Republican lawmakers have accused the Biden administration of “shoveling money out the door” and said the proposed $4.5 billion package goes beyond what is needed to address the corruption and poor governance issues in Ukraine. Democrats, meanwhile, have expressed concern about the lack of transparency around the package, arguing that the administration has failed to adequately explain why so much taxpayer money is necessary.
The debate comes at a time when aid to Ukraine is under increased scrutiny due to a variety of issues, including Russia’s military intervention in the country and accusations of foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. As a result, lawmakers are pushing for greater oversight of the funds, with the money likely to come from a range of sources including the sale of U.S. military equipment and funds from international organizations.