Toomey: Supporting Ukraine

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Pat Toomey – United States Senator for Pennsylvania

President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people’s bravery and resolve has shown the world that Ukraine will do everything they can to stand up to Putin. But this week, President Zelensky once again made clear that the Ukrainian people need our help, including by ensuring “the Russians do not receive a single penny” to fund the killing of Ukrainians.

America can lead the rest of the world in answering Zelensky’s call by imposing secondary sanctions on the entirety of Russia’s financial sector. These sanctions would effectively prohibit foreign banks anywhere in the world, under the threat of U.S. sanctions, from making payments to Russian banks, including for oil and gas. Stopping these funds from flowing to Putin’s war machine is a critical lifeline for the Ukrainian people.

The American people stand with Ukraine, and we must help them as they heroically fight for their lives.

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Wasteful Government Spending

Ukraine is in dire need of support. I fully endorse providing additional funding as they fight for their lives.

Financial support for Ukraine could have passed with overwhelming support, which would have demonstrated the U.S. resolutely supports Ukraine. Instead, it was tied to a bill more than 100 times larger than the aid.

For over a year, Congress punted the appropriations process, and, as a result, we got a monstrosity of an omnibus, which included excessive spending and the first use of earmarks in over a decade.

Buried amongst the 2700+ pages of this bill was the promise to make America’s debt worse without any effort to rein in excessive government spending nor tackle-out-of-control regulatory agencies.An omnibus is fatally flawed because it circumvents what should be a deliberate process and removes Congress’ ability to scrutinize and amend individual spending items. For the sake of America’s fiscal health, I could not support this bill.  

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