A group of congressional Republicans have introduced a resolution calling for an audit of American tax dollars sent to Ukraine.
The resolution, authored by U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), comes on the heels of Republicans officially clinching a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after the midterm elections.
Since the Russian invasion began, Congress has authorized a total of $54 billion in aid to the war-torn Eastern European nation. President Joe Biden recently called on the legislative branch to approve an additional $38 billion in Ukrainian aid.
Joining the resolution as a cosponsor was U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), who asserted that the Afghanistan withdrawal and approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline emboldened Russia to invade its neighboring country.
“I was in Ukraine before Afghanistan fell and, at that point in time, the parliament was extremely concerned about [American] energy policy and how we were allowing Putin to basically move the [Nord Stream 2] Pipeline and start production,” Moore said during a Sunday press conference.
The South Alabama congressman then decried the lack of consensus to adequately fund security operations along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Even then, parliament saw the issue, but when I got here and started talking to other members, the same group of people here gave Trump such a hard time about a few billion dollars at the U.S. southern border,” said Moore. “As fentanyl and drugs and illegals poured across our southern border, a few billion dollars, four billion, was just a little too much money. And now we are looking at $40 billion one week, $14 billion the next week with little to no oversight.
“Ukraine is a young democracy, and we are sending American taxpayer money over there with no oversight. It creates problems, it creates corruption, it’s not good for the American taxpayer or the American people.”
Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL