Eleven Republican Senators voted Monday to block the advancement of a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, including Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who stymied efforts last week after demanding more financial accountability from Ukraine.
Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Boozman of Arkansas, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Josh Hawley of Missouri, all voted to block advancing the aid.
A group of 81 bipartisan senators voted in favor of the spending package. Monday’s vote was to end the debate on a motion to proceed.
The package was originally held up by Paul, who objected because he wanted the package to be re-written so that it requires an inspector general to oversee spending in Ukraine, which has faced serious corruption in the past.
“We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy,” Paul had said.