Apr 23, 2024 - Politics & Policy

McConnell blasts “dithering and hesitation” on Ukraine aid

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) returns to his office in the U.S. Capitol after delivering remarks on the Senate floor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) returns to his office in the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Congress on Tuesday for taking its time to pass Ukraine aid — warning that the delay has made it harder for Ukraine to defend itself.

Why it matters: The floor speech came hours before the Senate is expected to vote on the $95 billion foreign aid package to finally send an emergency spending bill to President Biden's desk.

  • McConnell has been one of the loudest and most consistent proponents of continued aid to Ukraine, even as a growing segment of the Republican Party has grown skeptical of the U.S.'s continued support overseas.
  • He has vowed to fight the isolationist movement within his party in the Senate, even after he steps down from leadership.

What he's saying: "So much of the hesitation and short-sightedness that has delayed this moment is premised on sheer fiction," McConnell said from the Senate floor on Tuesday morning.

  • "I take no pleasure in rebutting misguided fantasies."
  • "Delay in providing Ukraine the weapons to defend itself has strained the prospects of defeating Russia aggression," McConnell continued. "Dithering and hesitation have compounded the challenges we face."
  • "I'll continue to hold the commander in chief to account," he said. "At the same time, I will not mince words when members of my own party take the responsibilities of American leadership lightly."
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