Ακολουθεί μήνυμα του Gus Bilirakis, σχετικά με την απόφαση των ΗΠΑ να αυξήσει την χρηματοδότηση της βοήθειας προς την Ουκρανία, και εξηγεί γιατί αποφάσισε να ψηφίσει “όχι”.
<<Last week, despite crises at the border and with the economy, Democrats held a vote on an additional Ukraine spending package. The bill was introduced just hours before the scheduled vote and included a plan for the U.S. to borrow an additional $40 billion to assist Ukraine. By comparison, $40 billion is nearly the annual budget of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard, TSA, and ICE combined.
We have already given a significant amount of money and valuable weapons to Ukraine and continue to apply severe economic sanctions against Russia. In fact, only about 10% of the humanitarian aid already provided by the U.S. has been spent. Additional taxpayer funding, as we suffer our own set of crises, is therefore irresponsible.
Furthermore, President Biden does not have a cohesive strategy regarding Ukraine. We simply cannot keep providing blank checks for a war that may continue to drag on indefinitely, without any regard for the negative impact that doing so would have on our already troubled economy. And as I noted on the House Floor, our economy IS in trouble.
Last week’s financial report showed that inflation continues to hammer American families, reaching 8.3% in April. Inflation is taking a toll on every American household and small business.
Βecause of these concerns, I voted NO on more aid to Ukraine. We must stop the reckless spending that is fueling this problem! Please continue reading to learn more about my efforts last week>>.