December 5 – It looks like the US House of Representatives will vote on a $106 billion spending package, including aid to Ukraine, sometime this week.
It may not make it through the Chamber because a number of people are worried about the security – or lack thereof – at the US southern border.
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “Some critics however, are pointing out that billions of dollars in unspent funds are already out there for the taking. The Treasury Department is reminding states they still can spend leftover emergency COVID money nearly seven months after the Federal Public Health Emergency ended. At last count there was $90.5 billion up for grabs. So here you go. If you didn’t spend it, take it back. How about that? Pull back that money that’s not been spent instead of looking for a blank checkbook.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Does anybody think that money is going to be spent well when you’re in a panic to spend it until it’s gone.”
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Congress is looking at ways to even make that more liberal, to expand the ways that governments can use that money and billions of it are still sitting in various accounts unspent at state and municipal levels around the country. Keep an eye on this Ukraine aid because what’s getting a lot of attention overnight, is that American Enterprise Institute report.”
The institute is a conservative-leaning think tank out of DC that is claiming that 90 percent of the aid meant for Ukraine has actually stayed in the US.
Barkdoll explained, “They’re saying that what’s happened is a lot of these defense contractors, they’re simply getting rid of their old equipment and old stockpiles, they’re sending that stuff to Ukraine and then all of this aid is being used to build new weapons and new artillery which is staying in the US to build up existing military forces in the United States. AEI, American Enterprise Institute, they’re pointing out that the vast majority of these defense contractors are in very red states and very red Congressional districts. Now, are they spinning this? They might very well be.”
Could this be a ploy from the American Enterprise Institute?
Barkdoll said, “It’s going to be interesting to see how Congress now responds to this, particularly some of the more hardline conservatives that have been saying we don’t want another dime going over there? Biden, by the way, they’re saying the Ukraine aid program is going to run out of money within the next two to three weeks.”