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Zero Hedge
11 Feb 2023

NextImg:Gaetz Files 'Ukraine Fatigue Resolution' To Stop Funding Proxy War

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a resolution on Thursday to end all US aid to Ukraine for war with Russia, while at the same time seeking a peace settlement between the two nations.

Co-sponsored by 10 House members, the "Ukraine Fatigue Resolution," cites the enormous US support to Ukraine, noting that America is the "top contributor of military aid to Ukraine compared to its counterparts," having "appropriated more than $110,000,000,000 of military, financial, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine."

The resolution adds that "on February 3, 2023, the Department of Defense announced $2,000,000,000 in additional security assistance for Ukraine."

As of that announcement, the US has committed more than $32 billion in "security assistance" to Ukraine since 2014, with $30 billion of that pledged since the start of the Biden administration, and $29.3 billion "since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022."

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Gaetz' resolution includes itemized descriptions of weapons and material support.

"Joe Biden, and even some who have taken this stage, say defending freedom in Ukraine has costs for America," Gaetz said in a speech just two days after Russia invaded Ukraine. "Why should Americans have to pay the costs for freedom elsewhere when our own leaders won’t stand up for our freedom here?"

Testifying on the House floor on Feb. 6, Gaetz compared threats to U.S. citizens posed by drug outlaws in Mexico to those of Russian soldiers, and, what he believes, is an overeagerness to back a conflict that does not present serious and imminent peril to the United States. -Epoch Times

"As the war slogs on in Ukraine, the benefits to Americans are unclear," said Gaetz. "Bandits in the Sinaloa Mountains hurt more Americans than the men in Crimea. But foreigners come to Washington to lecture us about spending our constituents’ money on a conflict thousands of miles away, and my colleagues are eager to oblige."

"On this floor, [Ukraine President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy’s demands got bipartisan standing ovations, from most. Stingers, HIMARS, tanks. At first, we said no to all of these things. President Biden even said that some of these things might lead to World War III. And then … we sent all of them."