Audit of US aid to Ukraine will be stopped: Democrats were against it, – media
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Donald Trump followers are calling on the White House to prepare for “responsibility and accountability.” Allies of President Joe Biden are avoiding inspections and assure that Kyiv may doubt the support of the West.
The Republican Party resolution on the audit of military and economic military assistance to Ukraine was rejected thanks to the unity of the Democrats. This was reported by The Washington Post following a vote in the US Congress.
Republicans were united by the idea of the author of the document, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, but the Democrats prevailed – 26 votes to 22. President Joe Biden's allies believe that the approval of the audit is a risky measure that sends a signal to Ukraine about doubts about US support.
“They (the Republicans) sent the most convincing signal to the Biden administration about strict control over support for the war,” the journalists noted.
< p>Another Republican, Michael McCall, said the White House must prepare for “responsibility and accountability.”
“The era of blank checks is over,” he said.
The idea of the audit is to transfer the executive branch to the Congress of all documents and messages on assistance to Ukraine no later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of the Marjorie Green resolution. Republicans assure that control will not deprive Ukraine of either current or future funding.
“It's all about accountability and transparency. What are we afraid of? We have billions of dollars that flow to another country,” said Congressman Tim Burchett from Tennessee.
The Democrats said that the Republicans' priorities were unrealistic, because Russia launches missile attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure almost every day in winter.
“We will have plenty of time to consider transparency and accountability. We are in the middle of a war right now,” says Democrat Gerald Connolly.
Marjorie Green vowed to resubmit the resolution at the next meeting of the Congress. Then the House of Representatives, renewed in the elections in November, should meet, where the majority will be for the Republicans.
The latest poll of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed that 55% of Republicans support sending military aid. In March, this figure was at the level of 80%, The Washington Post notes.
Biden believes that both parties will support assistance to Ukraine in 2023. A majority of Republicans in Congress previously voted for a $40 billion military aid package for Ukraine.
Marjorie Taylor Green previously pledged to end support for Ukraine if the Republicans win the midterm congressional elections.