WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Senator JD Vance (R-OH) and Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) sent a bicameral letter to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young requesting an expansion of the congressionally mandated crosscutting report on the amount of security assistance to Ukraine.
“It’s very simple: the Biden Administration is required by law to send Congress this report at the end of the month. They should expand the report to tell us the amount of money we’ve sent to Ukraine, including comprehensive information showing how those funds were used,” said Senator JD Vance (R-OH). “The American people deserve to know the extent to which they are underwriting our government’s endeavors in eastern Europe. I do not intend to sit back and allow the Biden Administration to keep this information under wraps. I expect to receive this report by the deadline in this letter.”
“Congress has shelled out more than $100 billion to support Ukraine since last February, yet we have zero insight into exactly what this money is being spent on. The American people deserve to know exactly where their money is going. A detailed, transparent accounting is an absolute necessity,” said Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC).
“As Heritage Action has said before, American taxpayers deserve a comprehensive strategy, accountability, and oversight of the tens of billions of dollars of assistance that the United States has sent to Ukraine. While recently passed legislation requires an accounting for all direct military aid to Ukraine, this is wholly inadequate, as it does not include a review of the direct economic support received by Ukraine since the start of the war. Senator Vance’s request that OMB provides an accounting of both military and economic aid would fill in the gaps that the current law has left and provide a much more robust picture of how U.S. tax dollars have been spent in Ukraine, which would better inform lawmakers’ decision making as the conflict continues to unfold,” said Garrett Bess, Vice President of Heritage Action.
“Congress has given out over $100 billion to Ukraine without telling the American people exactly what that money is being spent on. We fully support Senator Vance’s request to OMB Director Shalanda Young to be honest about where American taxpayer money is being spent in Ukraine. The American people deserve transparency and the Biden Admin must provide that,” said Russ Vought, President of the Center for Renewing America and former White House OMB Director.
Senate cosigners of the letter include: Sen. Mike Braun, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, and Sen. Rand Paul.
House cosigners of the letter include: Rep. Lauren Boebert, Rep. Eric Burlison, Rep. Ben Cline, Rep. Michael Cloud, Rep. Andrew Clyde, Rep. Warren Davidson, Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Troy E. Nehls, Rep. Pat Fallon, Rep. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Bob Good, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Harriet Hagenman, Rep. Nancy Mace, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Mary Miller, Rep. Barry Moore, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Andy Ogles, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Bill Posey, Rep. Matt Rosendale, Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Gregory Steube, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Rep. Tom Tiffany.