Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned on Thursday that he’ll block fast passage of a symbolic resolution supporting Ukraine and sending a warning to Russia except it incorporates adjustments he desires.
“We have some amendments to it. We believe that it should say nothing in this resolution is to be construed as an authorization of war and nothing in this resolution is to be construed as authorizing the use of troops into Ukraine,” Paul mentioned.
Paul mentioned that he provided the amendments to sponsors of the resolution on Wednesday night time however they have been rejected. He mentioned that he would object to shortly passing the resolution if it does not incorporate his amendments.
Because the bipartisan group is attempting to cross the resolution by unanimous consent, they want buy-in from each senator to enable the resolution to cross shortly.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) mentioned that he was in talks with Paul.
“We’re working through it,” Portman mentioned.
Portman and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) provided the resolution.
Beyond providing help for Ukraine, the resolution “denounces the Russian military buildup of over 150,000 troops on Ukraine’s border” and alerts that President Biden ought to impose sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine.
“[The Senate] encourages the President that, should any further invasion or other malign activity to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine occur by Russia, the United States Government should exhaust all tools at its disposal to impose significant costs on the Russian Federation to restore peace in Europe,” it states.