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The president of one of the nation’s most prominent conservative think tanks has come out against the $40 billion aid package for Ukraine currently being debated in Congress.
“A strong America is the ultimate deterrence to Russia—and to China,” Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts tweeted Friday. “It’s also the top moral responsibility of our elected leaders. What will not deter Russia is a typical Washington game of using people in crisis to rush a $40 billion package that hasn’t been vetted or debated.”
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Roberts was responding to a tweet from National Review’s David French who referred to the aid package as a “bargain.”
Roberts added in a follow-up tweet that it is not the “responsibility” of conservatives to “rubberstamp” the spending package.
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“It is not the responsibility of @Heritage, or of the conservative movement, to rubberstamp The Swamp’s broken policymaking process or to accept false choices between supporting allies and governing responsibly,” Roberts posted. “Both aims can be achieved — if we have the courage to do so.”
Roberts told TmZ Blog Digital that the Heritage Foundation is not opposed to assisting the “heroic” efforts of Ukraine in its war against Russia but must first ask “what is in the best interest of the American people.”
“The Heritage Foundation supports helping Ukrainians, especially if there’s been a full analysis by Congress using its committee structure and its custom of debates to actually have that conversation,” Roberts said. “At the same time we’re having that analysis we ought to be weighing priorities and Congress is really broken on how it goes about spending the money of the American people.”
The bill, which includes military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, cleared the House earlier this week by a vote of 368 to 57. All 57 “no” votes were cast by Republicans who have argued the money is vaguely allocated and would be better spent at home to combat issues such as surging inflation.