Senator Chuck Grassley continued siding with the Joe Biden agenda on Thursday as he voted in favor of the $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.
Grassley said supporting the aid is in America’s national security interests.
“Every day, brave Ukrainian soldiers are preventing Putin from posing a bigger threat to the region and the West by stopping his unquenchable thirst for power,” Grassley said. “Supporting this effort is in our national security interests, and we can do it without putting Americans in harm’s way. While we must tackle challenges at home, we can’t ignore threats abroad. Make no mistake: Putin is a threat.”
Grassley compared not voting in support of this aid package to Biden’s mishandling of the southern border.
“Just as this administration’s failure to secure the southern border has encouraged more illegal immigration, failing to support Ukraine’s sovereignty will only encourage further aggression by Russia and embolden others, like China,” he said.
Grassley doubled down on saying that Biden should be just as concerned about Ukraine’s border with Russia as he is the U.S. border.
“President Biden should be as concerned about breaches of our U.S. borders as he is about Ukraine’s border,” Grassley said. “Both are national security and humanitarian crises and neither should be ignored.”
President Joe Biden “applauded” Congress for the vote.
“I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden said. “The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed on NATO territory.”
Biden heaped praise on leadership in both the House and the Senate — Republican and Democrat.
“We have provided a historic amount of security assistance to Ukraine to date, and my Administration will continue to expedite the delivery of additional weapons and equipment for which Congress has provided authority,” he said. “And today, I am announcing another package of security assistance that will provide additional artillery, radars, and other equipment to Ukraine, which they are already using so effectively on the battlefield. These weapons and equipment will go directly to the front lines of freedom in Ukraine, and reiterate our strong support for the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia’s ongoing aggression.”