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April 20, 2023

Group of Senators and House Members Express Concern Over U.S. Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON – A group of Senators and House members, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ), sent a letter to President Biden expressing concern about the United States’ response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The lawmakers emphasized the need for a clear diplomatic strategy to bring the war to a rapid conclusion. Additional signatories of the letter include, Sen. JD Vance (R-OH), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Reps. Eli Crane (R-AZ), Mary Miller (R-IL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Barry Moore (R-AL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Josh Brecheen (R-TX), Andy Ogles (R-TN) and Mike Collins (R-GA).

The letter says in part, “Unrestrained U.S. aid for Ukraine must come to an end, and we will adamantly oppose all future aid packages unless they are linked to a clear diplomatic strategy designed to bring this war to a rapid conclusion.”

The letter also highlights the risks associated with continuing to supply Ukraine with weapons and military aid, noting that such actions could escalate the conflict and create a dangerous proxy war with Russia. The lawmakers underscore the need for the United States to focus on its own military readiness and economic security, rather than allocating substantial resources to a foreign conflict.

The group of lawmakers calls on the President to prioritize diplomatic efforts and advocate for  a negotiated peace between Ukraine and Russia. They argue that the United States’ interests and those of the Ukrainian people are best served by incentivizing negotiations and bringing the conflict to a resolution.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

Dan Caldwell, Vice President of Center for Renewing America  said, “The Biden Administration’s largely open-ended support of Ukraine has heightened the risk of a direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia and distracted from more urgent national security priorities. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is immoral but is effectively a European security challenge. The burden for supporting Ukraine must be borne primarily by wealthy European welfare states who have more at stake in the conflict and who have for decades been free-riding off an American security umbrella. We at the Center for Renewing America applaud these members of Congress for challenging the Biden Administration’s reckless Ukraine policy and for demanding that American foreign policy put American interests first.”

Russ Duerstine, Executive Director of Concerned Veterans for America said, “Russia’s war against Ukraine drags on with no end in sight, continuing to risk wider regional escalation or a nuclear exchange the longer it lasts. While Ukraine has fought valiantly, peace remains elusive, prolonging the catastrophic devastation its people face. America’s open-ended support of Kyiv’s war effort has not been tied to a realistic strategy for bringing the fighting to an end acceptable for Ukrainian and American interests. As this letter makes clear, our current approach is unsustainable—America sends more aid than all European countries and institutions combined, despite the conflict being in their backyard. Meanwhile, Moscow drifts closer to Beijing the longer the conflict lasts, and America’s own stockpiles further deplete faster than we can replace them. CVA applauds Senator Lee’s and Representative Crane’s call to protect U.S. interests by laying the foundation for a responsible resolution to this tragic conflict.”