Representatives Greg Steube (R-FL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), and Byron Donalds (R-FL) have joined dozens of other Republican legislators in sending a letter to the White House rejecting further U.S. funding for the war in Ukraine.
The bicameral letter, led by Senator JD Vance (R-OH) and Chip Roy (R-TX), describes the Biden administration’s current pledge to the war in Ukraine as an “open-ended commitment” to support a war of “an indeterminate nature.”
The lawmakers wrote, “Your request cites President Biden’s pledge that ‘we will stand with Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty for as long as it takes’ … These statements imply an open-ended commitment to supporting the war in Ukraine of an indeterminate nature, based on a strategy that is unclear, to achieve a goal yet to be articulated to the public or the Congress.”
Moreover, the Republicans asked a plethora of questions hoping to find some transparency regarding the United States’ plan to bring the war to a successful end.
“The American people deserve to know what their money has gone to. How is the counteroffensive going? Are the Ukrainians any closer to victory than they were 6 months ago? What is our strategy, and what is the president’s exit plan? What does the administration define as victory in Ukraine? What assistance has the United States provided Ukraine under Title 10?” the legislators questioned. “It would be an absurd abdication of congressional responsibility to grant this request without knowing the answers to these questions. For these reasons—and certainly until we receive answers to the questions above and others forthcoming—we oppose the additional expenditure for war in Ukraine included in your request.”
Additionally, Rep. Steube provided his thoughts surrounding the letter and his endorsement of it.
I joined my colleagues in telling the Biden Administration we will not support their request for more American taxpayer funding for Ukraine.
This is not a war that America is fighting. The strategy in Ukraine is unclear and no goal has been articulated to Congress. https://t.co/0VahIxowz3
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) September 21, 2023
“I joined my colleagues in telling the Biden Administration we will not support their request for more American taxpayer funding for Ukraine. This is not a war that America is fighting. The strategy in Ukraine is unclear and no goal has been articulated to Congress,” wrote Rep. Steube.
Other key names such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) signed the letter as well.