Taking the opposite stance of the Biden government which is endlessly funding Ukraine, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy warned Tuesday that Republicans will not write a “blank check” for Ukraine if they win back the House majority.
Relaying his party’s growing skepticism about financial support for Kyiv as it battles Russia’s invasion, McCarthy told Punchbowl News, “I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine. They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check.”
Since Russia launched its invasion in February, Congress has approved tens of billions in emergency security and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, while the Biden administration has shipped billions worth of weapons and equipment from military inventories. To this, Republicans, particularly those aligned with Donald Trump’s “America First” approach, questioned the need for federal spending abroad at a time of record-high inflation at home.
When asked about McCarthy’s comments, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided a direct response and instead thanked congressional leaders for bipartisan work to “support Ukraine to defend itself from Russia’s war crimes and atrocities.”
“We will continue to work with Congress and continue to monitor those conversations on these efforts and support Ukraine as long as it takes,” she said. “We are going to keep that promise that we’re making to the brave Ukrainians who are fighting every day, to fight for their freedom and their democracy.”