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Journalist: $40 billion US aid for Ukraine 'stolen from the American people'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy examines weapons as he attends tactical military exercises held by the country's armed forces at a training ground in the Rivne Region. (File photo by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service)

An American journalist and political commentator denounced the congressional approval of more than $40 billion in new aid for Ukraine, saying that the money is "stolen from the American people." 

The US Senate on Thursday approved the new “aid” for Ukraine, which has been the site of a Russian military operation since February.

The Senate overwhelmingly gave its blessing to the monumental package, with 86 votes in favor and 11 against as Washington looks to prolong the conflict with Russia.

"That money is being stolen from the American people, especially the neediest of them," Don DeBar told Press TV on Thursday. 

“With $40 billion you could pay the rent for four million people for a year in the United States. Or the budgets of 400 school districts for the year in the United States. Or feed a million people for a year in the United States. Or pay for the health care of a million people for the year in the United States,” he added.

“And none of those options leave you with World War 3 nuclear devastation in your lap. And they might even avert what seems to be an inevitable revolution in the United States because of the severe distress in the housing, food, medical and educational conditions of the people here for lack of funding,” he stated.

“I know the leadership here believes they have sufficient technological advantage to change the course of human history and deny a people's response to oppressive conditions. But these are human beings, not cattle, and they will rise as surely as the sun does every morning,” he noted.

The US Senate approval comes after objections by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul had delayed passage of the bill for an entire week.

“If Congress really believed giving Ukraine $40 bn was in our national interest, they could easily pay for it by taxing every income taxpayer $500,” Paul tweeted on Thursday.

The bill cleared the House of Representatives last week on a 368 to 57 vote.

The package, which is significantly larger than the $33 billion that Joe Biden had requested for Ukraine last month, now only awaits the president’s signature.

Separately, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had authorized $100 million in additional US arms, equipment, and supplies for Ukraine.

The US has already delivered $2.4 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of Biden’s term in office, though much of that aid has come since Russia’s military operation against Ukraine began in late February.

This is while a report has revealed that the US government is struggling to track large quantities of “lethal aid” shipped to Ukraine in recent months amid raging conflict in the country.

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