First on Fox: Top House Republicans are making their case for why and how the United States can support Ukraine amid increasingly dire warnings for Congress to approve more money to support Kiev’s defense against a brutal Russian invasion.
A 28-page report is being sent to the House Republican Conference outlining “a proposed plan for victory in Ukraine.” The plan calls for a three-pronged approach to success, according to a copy obtained by Fox News Digital: delivering “critical weapons to Ukraine as quickly as required,” imposing tougher sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies, and “moving frozen Russian weapons to Ukraine.” Sovereign assets of Ukraine.”
“This will require pressure from Republicans in Congress, which has been key to unlocking every new weapons system requested for Ukraine since the beginning of the war,” the memo said. “This strategy will ensure that Ukraine is able to make the progress needed on the battlefield to force Putin to the negotiating table. If Ukraine does not negotiate from a position of strength, there will be no lasting peace.”
The report was led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas; House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Republican of Alabama; Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner, Republican from Ohio.
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Ukrainian officials visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday, a day after the White House Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to congressional leaders warning that Ukraine would suffer huge losses if new U.S. aid is not approved this year.
But a growing number of conservatives, especially in the House of Representatives, are increasingly skeptical about the continued flow of aid to Ukraine.
Funding for Ukraine’s case in Congress is currently in limbo amid GOP-led talks about tying it to U.S. border security and asylum reforms — many of whose proposals Democrats have deemed unworkable.
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The Senate is expected to begin voting on Biden’s request for $106 billion in supplemental aid to Ukraine and Israel, but House Speaker Mike Johnson, Republican of Los Angeles, has already indicated that he opposes bringing this package to the House floor.
But Tuesday’s memo says continuing to provide aid to Ukraine strengthens the U.S. economy and prevents a larger conflict in the future, such as if Putin attacks a NATO ally.
The report also portrays the ongoing issues in Ukraine as President Biden’s fault, saying: “Biden is mismanaging Europe’s worst war since World War II. His weakness has failed to deter Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, and continues to prolong the war.” “It risks inviting more aggression from America’s adversaries.”
At the same time, this appears to address the concerns of conservative skeptics about whether there is proper oversight of aid funds and whether European allies are paying their fair share.
“As of November 2023, the Inspectors General of the Department of Defense, State, and USAID have not identified any significant diversion, theft, or misuse of U.S. assistance to Ukraine,” the lawmakers wrote, noting that “there are 96 ongoing or planned audits and” inspectors’ reports. “Government agencies have engaged more than 20 different agencies, in addition to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to monitor, audit and evaluate activities related to the Ukraine response. 39 of these have been completed.”
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They also refuted the claim that the United States bore a greater financial burden than its allies — when measured as a percentage of GDP, 29 countries provided more aid to Ukraine than the United States, according to the report.
It also included charts and graphs showing that Ukraine’s combined foreign aid is greater than U.S. contributions by a margin of 55% to 45%.
The report also emphasized Russia’s emerging alliances with China and Iran, and said that supporting Ukraine against Moscow now would deter Beijing and Tehran as well.
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Razum for Ukraine, a US group pushing for continued support, told Fox News Digital they support the proposals in the GOP lawmakers’ report.
“Presidents McCaul, Turner, and Rogers make a crystal-clear case for U.S. assistance to help Ukraine finally overcome Putin’s invasion. This plan lays out how the United States can provide the aid and military capacity needed to help Ukraine win — not just survive.” A senior official in the group said.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the White House for comment.