Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) took Christmas Eve to declare $45 billion more in aid to Ukraine "morally right," even though the U.S. is going to have to go further into debt in order to deliver it.
“Continuing our support for Ukraine is morally right, but it is not only that. It is also a direct investment in cold, hard, American interests,” McConnell wrote, to caption a picture with himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Eighteen Senate Republicans voted with Democrats to pass a gigantic $1.7 billion omnibus spending bill that included the Ukraine aid.
Former President Donald Trump had said Republicans should not vote for the spending bill, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who will be speaker of the House if he can get enough votes, also asked Senate Republicans to vote no.
“Every single Republican should vote no on the ludicrous, unacceptable $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill. It’s a disaster for our country. And it also happens to be a disaster for the Republican Party because they can stop it,” Trump said in a Truth Social video.
Generally, a long-term spending bill would not pass when Republicans are about to retake the majority in the House because doing so undercuts the power Republicans would have to shape spending through most of next year.