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Tuberville says ‘not one more dime’ for Ukraine

Sen. Tommy Tuberville joined a bicameral group of legislators this week in a letter to  Shalanda Young, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, to express opposition against additional funding for the war in Ukraine.

This comes after Young requested a further $24 billion in funding from Congress for the war-torn country in late August. The United States has provided $114 billion in assistance to Ukraine.

“Your request cites President Biden’s pledge that ‘we will stand with Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty for as long as it takes’ … These statements imply an open-ended commitment to supporting the war in Ukraine of an indeterminate nature, based on a strategy that is unclear, to achieve a goal yet to be articulated to the public or the Congress,” read the letter signed by six senators and eight congressmen.

“The American people deserve to know what their money has gone to. How is the counteroffensive going? Are the Ukrainians any closer to victory than they were 6 months ago? What is our strategy, and what is the president’s exit plan? What does the administration define as victory in Ukraine? What assistance has the United States provided Ukraine under Title 10? It would be an absurd abdication of congressional responsibility to grant this request without knowing the answers to these questions.

“For these reasons — and certainly until we receive answers to the questions above and others forthcoming — we oppose the additional expenditure for war in Ukraine included in your request.”

Tuberville (R-Auburn) was the only legislator from Alabama to sign the letter.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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