Rand Paul Just Hit The Brakes On $40 Billion Ukraine-Aid Package

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul stymied efforts by the Senate to pass a $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine.

Paul blocked the votes Thursday, objecting to an amendment vote on his proposal by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Kentucky senator wants the aid bill’s language to be changed to require an inspector general to oversee spending on Ukraine. Schumer and McConnell’s offer would have required Paul’s provision to get 60 votes in order for the amendment to the bill to occur, according to The Hill.

Under the Senate’s rules, it only takes one senator to object, the outlet reported.

“I think they’re going to have to go through the long way,” Paul told The Hill. The Senate’s passage of the Ukrainian aid package will be pushed for a vote later next week. 

Schumer blasted Paul, saying the senator was acting as if it was “my way or the highway.”

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