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Top Republican asks watchdog to monitor aid to Ukraine

Top Republican asks watchdog to monitor aid to Ukraine

Top Republican asks watchdog to monitor aid to Ukraine

Top Republicans overseeing foreign affairs are calling for an independent congressional watchdog to provide detailed information on the Biden administration’s delivery of economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The request comes as pressure grows within the GOP to cut or audit aid provided by the administration to Ukraine, an effort that has raised concerns about continued support for the war-torn country.

one in Letter Sent Thursday to the Government Accountability Office, ranking Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Armed Services Committee said they are seeking information about the nearly $14.9 billion in funds the administration distributed through the US Agency for International Development. How is monitoring

The letter addresses criticisms raised by GOP lawmakers, Sen. Jim Risch (Idaho) and Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), that USAID has been too slow to distribute the funds provided.

“It is imperative that USAID and the Department of State continue to act with urgency to use these funds to meet the dire needs of the people of Ukraine,” the lawmakers wrote.

“In doing so, it will be critical that agencies coordinate with the international donor community, allied and partner governments, the Government of Ukraine, and local Ukrainian organizations to ensure that U.S. assistance does not duplicate other efforts, but Instead it is well targeted.where needed most.

The demand for oversight echoes concerns and criticisms from Republicans that more scrutiny is needed to fully investigate US aid to Ukraine. Criticism has ranged from GOP lawmakers who say they support continuing US aid to Kyiv, to those who advocate cutting funding to Ukraine in general.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has denied endorsing any aid to Ukraine and has called for a full audit of US aid provided. The resolution setting up the audit was voted down by the Democrat-led House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, but received support from Republican members of the panel.

McCaul, who is the likely chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee when Republicans take control of the House in January, did not say specifically whether he would support Green’s proposal if it were reintroduced, but told The Hill that he is working to draft legislation that would strengthen surveillance. ,

When asked about his support for Green’s proposal, he said, “I think it’s more helpful to have a more transparent approach.”

McCaul said, “We haven’t had a single hearing on Ukraine since February 24th on my committee.” “We’re going to generally support the idea, we just need more information about it. I’ll probably have a bill I’m passing to provide that.

Nevertheless, he spoke in support of aid to Ukraine.

“I think the amount of money we’ve put into this, to pin down and defeat the Russian military … through Ukraine, without one of our soldiers, not a single American soldier has been put into it or died , for me it is a good investment.

The Ukrainian government has advocated for economic and humanitarian aid, arguing that it is as necessary as military support. The US is a major donor to Ukraine.

Funds provided by USAID include $13 billion in direct support to Ukraine that has allowed the country to purchase humanitarian goods and pay the salaries of civil servants, school staff, hospital workers. Funds have also been given for social services.

USAID has also pledged $667 million in economic and food security assistance and $1.3 billion in humanitarian assistance.

Independent analysis estimates that about 60 percent of US funds have been distributed Ukraine Support Tracker of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy,



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