“The United States has no strategic interest in the war in Ukraine or in Eastern Europe.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) slammed the Biden administration’s attempt to exploit aid for Israel to get more aid for Ukraine in an op-ed in 1819 News. Instead, is supporting Israel in stand-alone legislation, the Israel Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2023.
Excerpts from the op-ed can be found below, or you can read the full op-ed here on 1819 News.
“Thirty Americans lost their lives in the attacks and an unknown number of other Americans have been taken hostage by Hamas. The United States ought to do everything in its power to rescue those Americans and get them to safety. I stand ready to do my part to assist Israel in the United States Senate.”
“Over the weekend, Joe Biden sent Congress a request for a supplemental funding bill. This request includes $14 billion for Israel, but it also contains a grab bag of unrelated things that Joe Biden and the Democrats want, plus a few items that they think will win them some Republican votes in the narrowly divided Congress. I oppose this request. If a bill were written based on what the administration submitted, I would not vote for it.”
“The United States has no strategic interest in the war in Ukraine or in Eastern Europe in general. Meanwhile Israel is killing terrorists who also want to kill us. The contrast couldn’t be clearer. The United States benefits from one and not the other. Further, the requested $60 billion for Ukraine would be in addition to the more than $100 billion that Congress has already agreed to give them—for everything from Ukraine’s farmers to Ukrainian bureaucrat pensions—at a time when our own farmers are struggling and too many American pension funds are in trouble. This is a staggering amount of funding, more than Russia’s entire annual defense budget.”
“Congress is not going to rubber stamp Joe Biden’s bill—nor should we. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to legislate—not take dictation from the White House.
Rather than throwing a lot of unrelated ideas into one bill, we ought to vote on them separately and let the people work their will through their elected officials.”
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Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.