McConnel Calls Rand Paul ‘Isolationist’ for Blocking Ukraine Aid

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has spoken out against the $40 billion Ukraine aid proposal, is believed to represent “a minuscule proportion” of Senate Republicans, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), The Hill reports.

On Thursday, Paul was one of 11 Republican senators who voted against a $40 billion military package for Ukraine. After the bill cleared the House earlier this month, the Kentucky Republican blocked the chamber from moving forward rapidly.

Among the components of the Ukraine aid package that passed the upper house on Thursday are $9 billion to replenish stocks for weapons shipped to Ukraine and near to $9 billion for the Ukrainian government to maintain operations and combat human trafficking.

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark. ), Mike Braun (Ind. ), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Josh Hawley (Mo. ), Mike Lee (Utah), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.), and Tommy Tuberville (Kan.) joined Paul in voting against the assistance plan (Ala.).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the assistance package’s approval.

Zelensky congratulated Pelosi and “lovers of Ukraine in the House of Representatives” in a tweet for the bill’s “fast adoption,” which will offer more financial help to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.

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