An Ohio Republican has asked President Biden to “clearly” state what the US “intends to achieve” in Ukraine following the White House’s latest funding request.
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, led a letter with 11 of his colleagues to Biden calling on the president to be transparent about what the $13 billion appropriation will ask for in Ukraine.
“We are writing to express our strong opposition to your latest request for an additional appropriation of $40 billion, including $24 billion for Ukraine,” Davidson and the Republicans wrote. “This request exacerbates your administration’s out-of-control deficit spending and circumvents the bipartisan debt ceiling agreement.”
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“Americans are tired of funding endless wars and want policies that not only help restore fiscal sanity in Washington, but also put America and American citizens first,” they continued.
Davidson and the Republicans wrote that before “Congress can be held accountable for the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine,” the Biden administration “has an obligation to explain, clearly and officially, what the US is trying to achieve in Ukraine .”
Lawmakers called on the president to “withdraw” his multibillion-dollar appropriations request until he provides “Congress with a comprehensive strategy and mission for US involvement in Ukraine.”
They also warn that without “a defined mission, there is no way to develop clear objectives, allocate appropriate resources, exercise strict supervision, or create official accountability.” of success or failure.”
“By requesting a supplemental appropriations package, you put [the] The US is on a path to a government shutdown by violating the debt ceiling agreement,” the lawmakers wrote. “On June 3, 2023, you signed into law the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which suspends the debt ceiling. debt until January 1, 2025.”
“In addition, this law establishes new discretionary spending limits for the next two fiscal years. For FY2024, these spending limits are set at $886 billion for national defense and $704 billion for non-defense programs,” they continued.
“You cannot bypass the law you signed,” the lawmakers wrote. “This request should be included in the President’s FY24 Budget Request and go through the traditional appropriations process.”
Davidson and his GOP colleagues called on Biden to “withdraw” his multi-billion-dollar request “and adhere to the spending limits established by the Fiscal Responsibility Act.”
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The letter to GOP lawmakers comes a day after Biden made his latest spending request to Congress.
The Biden administration is asking Congress to spend six times more to support Ukraine in its war against Russia than the border and fentanyl crisis plaguing the country, according to a new emergency spending request. submitted on Thursday.
In the request sent to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Biden specifically called for $24 billion in aid to Ukraine, split between $13 billion for defense-related spending and $11 billion in economic and humanitarian aid.
However, Biden only requested $4 billion in border and immigration spending, as well as combating fentanyl flowing into the United States from foreign sources. The total combined value of the request reached almost $40 billion.
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The additional spending request comes after Congress approved $48 billion in funding for Ukraine in December, before Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.
The approval of the funding is expected to be a heavy battle in the House, where McCarthy has promised that he will not bring a supplemental bill to fund Ukraine to the floor. Many conservatives are openly opposed to giving Ukraine more money without more accountability.